The census provides statistics on every resident in the UK regarding their home and work. The information is entirely confidential so that no individual can be identified.
The information collected is used by the county, district and borough councils, health authorities and other organisations to plan for the provision of public services.
County, district and borough populations
The ONS published the first results from the 2001 Census on 30 September 2002.
The population of West Sussex had increased by 49,221 (7.0%) since the previous census in 1991. This compares with an increase of over 2 million (4.3%) for England and Wales.
The table below shows the population of each district and borough at the 1991 and 2001 censuses. The figures for 1991 have been adjusted to reflect boundary changes in 1992/93.
|District or Borough||Area (hectares)||Population 1991||Population 2001||Percentage change 1991-2001|
|England and Wales||15,118,890||49,890,877||52,041,916||4.30|
The definitions of Resident Population differ slightly between the two censuses and a consistent set of population mid-year estimates was published in February 2003.
County bulletins on 10 census topics
These bulletins were produced in collaboration with the Health Authority Primary Care Trust based at Worthing.
- Issue 1: What is the Census? (PDF, 155KB)
- Issue 2: Population of West Sussex (PDF, 196KB)
- Issue 3: Health in West Sussex (PDF, 177KB)
- Issue 4: Households in West Sussex (PDF, 172KB)
- Issue 5: Ethnicity and religion in West Sussex (PDF, 613KB)
- Issue 6: Economic activity in West Sussex (PDF, 707KB)
- Issue 7: Marital status (PDF, 72KB)
- Issue 8: Qualifications (PDF, 78KB)
- Issue 9: Older people (PDF, 232KB)
- Issue 10: Car ownership (PDF, 139KB)
Further information is available on the ONS website: