UK Census Dates

The dates of each England and Wales Census are listed below:

Tuesday 10 March 1801
Monday 27 May 1811
Monday 28 May 1821
Monday 30 May 1831
Sunday 6 June 1841
Sunday 30 March 1851
Sunday 7 April 1861
Sunday 2 April 1871
Sunday 3 April 1881
Sunday 5 April 1891
Sunday 31 March 1901
Sunday 2 April 1911
Sunday 19 June 1921
Sunday 26 April 1931
Friday 29 September 1939
Sunday 8 April 1951
Sunday 23 April 1961
Sunday 24 April 1966
Sunday 25 April 1971
Sunday 5 April 1981
Sunday 21 April 1991
Sunday 29 April 2001
Sunday 27 March 2011

There were also co-ordinated Census of Scotland and of Northern Ireland.

Each Census lists the people present in each dwelling at midnight at the end of the above day.

  • The 1801 – 1831 Census were statistical only, containing no genealogical data, and few records survive.
  • The 1931 Census records were destroyed by a fire (see http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=1931_Census)
  • The 1939 Census was used for World War II National Registration.
  • There was no census taken in 1941 due to World War II.
  • The 1966 Census covered just 10% of the population.

Note that only the 1911 and earlier Census are currently available to the public due to the Data Protection Act 100 year rule protecting the privacy of living persons.