Publication of Northern Ireland census results delayed in respect to the Queen
A major release of census results has been delayed as a mark of respect to the Queen.
ue to be published next Tuesday, September 20, the results will instead be published two days later on Thursday.
This phase will include results for a number of census topics, including passports held, ethnic groups, national identity, language and religion.
Data will be available for all of Northern Ireland and the 11 council areas.
Further results will be released in stages until summer 2023.
It has been predicted that the results could show that Catholics outnumber Protestants here for the first time.
The last census in 2011 indicated that the population was 48.4% Protestant and 45.1% Catholic, while 7% of respondents claimed to belong to another religion or none.
Immigration data, however, changes these figures slightly, as the census indicated that 20,000 people from predominantly Catholic Poland had moved to Northern Ireland.
Census figures for 2021 show Northern Ireland’s population has reached a record high of over 1.9 million – an increase of over 90,000 over the past decade. The 2011 census recorded the population at 1.811 million.
The 2021 census also recorded 967,000 women and 936,000 men living in Northern Ireland, while the number of people aged 65 and over rose by more than 60,000 to almost a third of a million people. , an increase of almost 25% compared to 2011.
A spokesperson for the Nisra statistics agency said: “The increase in population has been greatest in the older age groups.
“This demonstrates the scale of demographic changes due to aging. This is expected to continue as the ‘baby boom’ generation of the 1950s and 1960s reach retirement age.
“In contrast, and in line with the recent drop in the birth rate, the number of young children (aged 0-4) has decreased by 9% compared to the last census.”
The 2021 census had a response rate of 97.2% – the highest level of engagement since the 1991 survey. About 80% of responses were made online, compared to less than 20% in 2011.
It was conducted at the height of the pandemic and the most popular day for online declarations was “census day” on March 21, when more than 80,000 household declarations were submitted.
The census website saw about a million user sessions when it was in operation, while the census contact center received more than 160,000 local phone calls to help people fill out their returns. .
More than 1,500 enumerators made 375,000 visits to households to help them complete their survey responses.
Earlier this year, Census Director Dr David Marshall thanked the public for their participation, saying: “We had a fantastic response to the census and I want to thank everyone who responded.
“It was great to see people playing their part in shaping public services and helping government departments, businesses, charities and other organizations understand the needs of our people.”