Countdown to Census Day across Northern Ireland

Census Day (Sunday 21st March) happens only once every ten years and it’s almost here.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 4:00 pm
Local farmer John Hill reminds everyone in the farming community to complete their questionnaire by Census Day
Local farmer John Hill reminds everyone in the farming community to complete their questionnaire by Census Day

It’s your opportunity to shape the future of your local community, whether you’re in farming, fishing or forestry.

Dr David Marshall, director of Census and Population Statistics says it’s important that people from every area complete the census.

He explained: “The data the Census collects will help influence where essential resources, funding and services will be focused over the next decade. Information gathered in the census helps with the planning of healthcare, education, housing, infrastructure and much more.

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“This Census is important for the agricultural and rural communities as it allows us to see changes in farming life over generations. We are able to see an accurate picture of the health, education and occupation of farming families and ensure future resources are allocated where they are most needed.”

By now every household will have received a Census pack with either an online code or a paper questionnaire. For the first time, the Census will be predominantly online and it is expected that the majority of householders will choose to complete their return digitally.

Dr Marshall explained the questionnaire is easy to complete and takes around 20 minutes for each household.

He said: “We have already had a really encouraging response and most people are choosing to complete the questionnaire online. It’s easy to take part, but if you need a little extra help, there are a wide range of language and support services available.”

You can also get advice from census staff in the contact centre by calling 0800 328 2021 or visit

Dr Marschall added: “Everyone is required by law to complete the Census and by taking part, you will help government departments, businesses, charities and other organisations understand what our local areas need now and what they are likely to need in the future.”

For more information and help on how to complete the Census visit or call the Census contact centre on 0800 328 2021.