Census data release dates | Cornish stuff
The Office for National Statistics has announced its proposed timeline for releasing 2021 census information.
The first information from the ONS will be released on June 28. It will detail the general population of England and Wales at local government level, crossed by gender and age. From this we will be able to tell exactly how many more people live in Cornwall compared to 2011.
We will however have to wait for an unspecified date between ‘autumn and winter’ of this year to see how many people have written in Cornish as their national identity after being denied a tick box despite vigorous campaigning.
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In the 2011 census, 83,000,000 people ticked “other” and wrote in Cornish as their national identity, a figure the ONS described as “low” on its website. Of these, about 73,000 lived in Cornwall, about 14% of the population. The remaining 10,000 resided elsewhere in England and Wales.
38,481 people wrote in Cornish as an ethnic group, 34,484 of them living in Cornwall.
In 2021, if you wanted to call yourself Cornish or include Cornish somewhere in your multi-identity, you had to tick “other” and choose from a drop-down menu, or write it again if you were one of the few who still used the paper version.
Comparisons with 2011 for Cornwall are eagerly awaited.
The first phase of this year’s data release, which begins in the fall, will also include demographics and migration; health, disability and unpaid care; lodging; labor market and commuting; sexual orientation and gender identity; education and veterans of the British Armed Forces.
It will be necessary to wait until spring 2023 for the complete results to be published.