2001 Census statistics for West Sussex

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) conducts a census every 10 years. The 2001 Census took place on 29 April 2001.

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 and borough populations: District or Borough (England and Wales), Area (hectares), Population 1991 figures, Population 2001 figures and percentage change 1991-2001.
District or Borough Area (hectares) Population 1991 Population 2001 Percentage change 1991-2001
Adur 4,187 58,019 59,625 2.80
Arun 22,070 129,357 140,787 8.80
Chichester 78,596 101,371 106,445 5.00
Crawley 4,410 87,750 99,754 13.70
Horsham 53,009 108,645 122,078 12.40
Mid Sussex 33,295 123,092 127,383 3.50
Worthing 3,248 96,157 97,540 1.40
West Sussex 198,808 704,391 753,612 7.00
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.

Related links

Further information is available on the ONS website:

Last updated:
24 August 2021
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