Census 2021 UK armed forces veterans' results published today

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Census 2021 UK armed forces veterans' published today

10 November 2022

First Census 2021 insights into UK armed forces veterans have been published and the UK wide veterans’ survey is now live

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the next phase of Census 2021 topic summaries for England and Wales looking at UK armed forces veterans (release page).

It shows the numbers of veterans for all geographical areas down to Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) level.

Further information on other characteristics of veterans such as health, education and employment will follow in our releases next year. 

The Census 2021 results about UK armed forces veterans include data about people who have previously served in the regular forces, reserve forces or both.

This answers questions like:

  • how many UK armed forces veterans lived in households and communal establishments at the time of the census?
  • how many households had one or more persons who’d served in the UK armed forces?
  • which local authorities had the highest proportion of UK armed forces veterans?

Click the button to view UK armed forces veterans’ data from Census 2021 in England and Wales. 

UK armed forces veterans' data

The statistical bulletin  also shows charts, tables and supporting information including statistical methods and quality measures. 

You can find out more about UK armed forces veterans in Wales on the Welsh Government website.

What’s coming next?

The next Census 2021 release is out on 29 November, looking at Census 2021 ethnic group, national identity, language and religion.

The remaining topic summaries will be published in a rolling programme throughout November, December and early 2023, followed by multivariate data and analysis.  

We have also updated the release calendar with provisional publication dates for the following topic summaries on the links below:    

We have updated our Census 2021 dictionary where you can find a list of variables used in the UK armed forces veterans’ topic summary.

Our downloadable resources page has products that will help you to promote the release of census results. These include editorial copy, logos and leaflets. We will update this page when each topic summary is published.

The Veterans' Survey

Your views matter, so please take part today.

Hearing from our veteran community is vital and that is why the government has launched a UK-wide Veterans’ Survey.

This is the first-ever exercise to collect feedback from the veteran community across the UK coordinated by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The online survey launched today will be live for 12 weeks. The survey gives ex-UK Armed Forces personnel and their families the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the government on their experiences, access to and use of services for veterans.

It is important we hear a wide range of views and we would like to encourage as many ex-UK Armed Forces veterans and their families to share feedback as possible.

Complete the survey on the ONS website

Contact us

If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of our teams: 

For community partners: 2021Census.Engagement@ons.gov.uk  

For local authority partners: 2021Census.LA.Liaison@ons.gov.uk  

For more information, please visit ons.gov.uk or census.gov.uk