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Overview

The Jersey Census takes place once every decade. The next census will take place on 21 March 2021.

The census:

  • gives us the most accurate and up-to-date estimate of the number of people and households in Jersey
  • asks questions about you and your household to build a detailed picture of Jersey today
  • provides a snapshot of who we are as a community and how we live together

Who runs the census

Statistics Jersey runs the census. We're professionally and operationally independent from the Government of Jersey. We also produce a wide range of other statistics about Jersey’s population and economy. You can find more information about us and what we do on our About Statistic Jersey page.

What the information is used for

The census helps us to understand what our community looks like now, and how it might change. The information is used by:

  • government
  • businesses
  • the public
  • family historians (after 100 years)

The Government of Jersey uses the information to develop policies and plan services such as:

  • schools
  • hospitals
  • housing
  • transport

Why it's important to take part

Our goal is for every household in Jersey to complete and return their census form. It's important that everyone takes part to make sure that the information we collect is accurate and complete. The information we collect helps to plan public services, which has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of all Islanders. 

The census is unique because it is the only survey to include everyone in the Island. It asks the same questions of us all and builds a reliable picture of Jersey as a whole, as well as groups of people and local communities within it. The information that the census provides is not currently available from other sources.

Your response is required by law. You could face a fine if you don’t take part or if you supply false information. 

Legislation

The 2021 Jersey Census will be the first to take place under the Statistics and Census (Jersey) Law 2018. This law appoints Statistics Jersey as the legal entity to run the Jersey Census. It also makes sure we're independent, and sets out strict rules for how we collect, analyse and distribute information. It ensures that your information is protected and kept strictly confidential.

New for 2021 

Online census 

2021 sees the Jersey Census go digital for the first time. We know that many Islanders will want to respond to the census online; it is quick and easy to use and will help to increase accuracy. That is why we're encouraging as many people as possible to complete their census online. 

There will be help available for those who need it and we will still be posting paper forms.

New questions 

We have reviewed the census questions to make sure they're still relevant and useful. This has led us to include some new questions about health and disability. We have also included some new voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Background information

The first Jersey Census took place in 1821 and counted 26,800 people. Up until 1971 censuses in Jersey ran every 10 years and then every 5 years until 2001. Since then, Jersey has returned to a 10-yearly census with the last census taking place in 2011.

Previous censuses

The Jersey Census is not part of the UK Census. Scotland and Northern Ireland also run their own censuses, separate to England and Wales. The England and Wales and Northern Ireland censuses will take place on 21 March 2021, the same date as Jersey. Scotland have delayed their census until 2022.

The census during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Our main concern is the safety of the public and our staff. We want everyone to be safely counted during the census. To do this, we’re making sure that our plans are always in line with the latest government safety guidelines. 

To ensure the safety of our staff and the public, we have changed the way we contact households for this census. We will be posting out the majority of census forms rather than delivering them by hand. We will have just have a small team delivering some of the forms in person. Our census field officers will also visit households after census day who have yet to return their census. All visits will be in line with government guidelines. Our officers will be socially distanced, wear face coverings, sanitise frequently and will never enter your home.


How we keep your information safe

We take data confidentiality very seriously and we want you to feel safe about sharing your personal information with us.

Find out how we'll keep your information safe


Contact us 

If you need help with your census, you can contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

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