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Carlisle to be trial run for 2021 census

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Carlisle has been chosen to help ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census with a rehearsal taking place across the city later this year.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) say it will allow them to test some of the systems and processes it has planned ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.

Census, 2011 Credit: PA

Organisers hope to test out how successful their systems will be in urban and rural areas, with potential problems like varying levels of internet coverage.

Tower Hamlets and Hackney in London and Ceredigion in Wales will also be taking part.

People in each of the chosen areas will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.

The rehearsal will be online, with help for those who need it.

The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas. As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly."

– Pete Benton, Director of census operations

Carlisle participated in the last census that took place in 2011, here are some of the interesting facts about the community:

  • Total of 107,524 residents living in 48,342 households.
  • 8,839 households with no dependent children and 1,622 with three or more.
  • 21,006 single people, 40,976 were married and 523 people were in a civil partnership or cohabiting with a partner of the same sex.
  • 9,682 secretaries, 1,059 farmers, 676 bar and catering staff and managers, and 58 artists.
  • 17 people were keeping the city's historic leather industry going.
  • The least common jobs in the city included water transport operatives, boat builders and tool makers.
  • 31,932 said they followed no religion.
  • 74,296 were Christians, 455 Muslims and 277 Buddhists.
  • The population were made up of 67 different ethnicities.
  • 341 Jedi Knights were protecting the city from the 'dark side'.