The results of the first census show an increase of 17,500 in the population of Shropshire
Published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the results provide population estimates for England and Wales, as well as local authority age and gender profiles.
The results show Shropshire’s population is 323,600, up from 306,100 in 2011.
These results are the first of a long series, which will be published in phases over the next few months and until 2023.
They will all be available on the ONS website, along with information and analysis to explain their significance, and will include data on ethnicity, religion, labor market, education and housing.
For the first time, they will also include information on armed forces veterans, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Shropshire Council said it will produce information and analysis for the county as the results become available, which in turn will be used to plan local services, develop policies and plans and help allocate public funds and resources.
Councilor Rob Gittins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Digital, Data and Ideas, and Built Housing, said: ‘The early census results are hugely important as they underpin our efforts to shape public services . They will be essential to our long-term understanding of the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.
“However, this is just the beginning, with much more information to be released later this year, which will give us a clearer picture of life in Shropshire. We will analyze the results and further explore what the information tells us and how this may have changed since the last census in 2011.”
James Walton, Shropshire Council’s Executive Director of Resources, added: “We warmly welcome the release of the census, which gives us the most accurate estimate of all people and households in England and Wales. and builds a snapshot of our society.
“Census information will help shape communities in Shropshire by enabling us to plan services such as schools, doctors’ surgeries, hospital beds, housing and cycle routes.
“However, it is not only important for us as advice: the census information is also very useful for voluntary and charitable organizations, academics and students, businesses and genealogists. The census contains a wealth of useful information that helps identify future trends and plan for the future.
For more information and to find out more about the 2021 census results, people can visit the ONS website.
Further information and analysis on Shropshire will be added to Shropshire Council’s ‘Shropshire Facts and Figures’ webpage as it becomes available.