The first results of the 2021 census will be published by June
The first results of the 2021 Northern Ireland Census will be released by June 2022, with further results to be released in stages until summer 2023.
The NI Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) released the full schedule of 2021 census results on Monday.
Census Director Dr David Marshall said: “The census is a mammoth exercise and we work hard to process, code and ensure the quality of census data. The first results will be published by June 2022 – in just a few months.
“We will also release key statistics on equality and identity later this year.”
He added that the response has been “fantastic” and that by taking the census, which is a legal requirement, NI members of the public are “playing their part in shaping public services and helping government departments, businesses, charities and other organizations to understand the needs of our people.
With a 97.2% return rate of NI households completing the national questionnaire, the 2021 census recorded the highest level of engagement in 30 years.
The one-time event in March last year also saw 80% of households choose to complete it online.
This figure was higher than in 2011, when less than 20% of returns were made online.
Census questions ask for details about a person’s sex, age, ethnic origin, and health, education, and occupation.
There are also questions about your main language, your national identity and your marital status.
Some questions, such as those on sexual orientation, gender identity and religion, are optional.
Figures presented in the 2011 census showed that the gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland had narrowed.
The percentage of Catholics in the population was up to 45, while Protestant representation has fallen to 48% since the 2001 census.
The 2011 census was also the first time a national identity question was asked, with a total of 29% – around one in five – of the total population including Northern Irish as an identity, while 28% included Irish.
Last year’s census was taken at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
NISRA said more than 1,500 local census workers, working outside of and within coronavirus guidelines, conducted 375,000 address visits to help the public complete their returns.
The most popular day for online declarations was Census Day (March 21), with more than 80,000 household declarations submitted on that day alone.
The census contact center reportedly handled more than 160,000 local phone calls to help the public complete their returns, and the website saw around one million user sessions during the operational period.
The full 2021 census timetable is published online at https://www.nisra.gov.uk/publications/census-2021-outputs-prospectus