The collection of reliable and comprehensive data on the magnitude, composition and distribution of a country’s population is essential in order for governments to provide services, administer effectively and guide a country’s development. The primary source of basic demographic statistics is frequently a population census, which provides hugely important data sets for policy makers, practitioners and researchers working in a wide range of different socio-demographic contexts.

The Routledge Handbook of Census Resources, Methods and Applications provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the collection, processing, quality assessment and delivery of the different data products that constitute the results of the population censuses conducted across the United Kingdom in 2011. It provides those interested in using census data with an introduction to the collection, processing and quality assessment of the 2011 Census, together with guidance on the various types of data resources that are available and how they can be accessed. It demonstrates how new methods and technologies, such as interactive infographics and web-based mapping, are now being used to visualise census data in new and exciting ways. Perhaps most importantly, it presents a collection of applications of census data in different social and health science research contexts that reveal key messages about the characteristics of the UK population and the ways in which society is changing. The operation of the 2011 Census and the use of its results are set in the context of census-taking around the world and its historical development in the UK over the last 200 years.

The results of the UK 2011 Census are a unique and reliable source of detailed information that are immensely important for users from a wide range of public and private sector organisations, as well as those working in Population Studies, Human Geography, Migration Studies and the Social Sciences more generally.

part I|30 pages

Introducing the census

chapter 1|15 pages

The 2011 Census in the United Kingdom

ByJohn Stillwell

chapter 2|13 pages

A history of census-taking in the UK

ByOliver Duke-Williams

part II|39 pages

Taking the 2011 Census and assuring the quality of the data

chapter 3|21 pages

The 2011 Census

From preparation to publication
ByGarnett Compton, Amy Wilson, Brian French

chapter 4|16 pages

The 2011 Census quality assurance process

ByDavid Martin, Garnett Compton

part III|88 pages

Delivering different types of census data to users

chapter 5|17 pages

UK census aggregate statistics

Characteristics and access
ByJustin Hayes, Rob Dymond-Green, John Stillwell, Victoria Moody

chapter 6|20 pages

Geographic boundary data and their online access

ByJames Reid, James Crone, Justin Hayes

chapter 7|16 pages

Census interaction data and their means of access

ByOliver Duke-Williams, Vassilis Routsis, John Stillwell

chapter 8|19 pages

Census microdata

Cross-sectional samples
ByJo Wathan, Paul Waruszynski, Orlaith Fraser

chapter 9|14 pages

Longitudinal studies in the UK

ByChris Dibben, Ian Shuttleworth, Oliver Duke-Williams, Nicola Shelton

part IV|51 pages

Visualising 2011 Census data

chapter 10|7 pages

Using graphics to drive user engagement

Experiences from the 2011 Census
ByAlan Smith, Robert Fry

chapter 11|8 pages

Contrasting approaches to engaging census data users

ByJim Ridgway, James Nicholson, Sinclair Sutherland, Spencer Hedger

chapter 12|6 pages

The Thematic Mapper

ByJames Reid, James Crone

chapter 13|8 pages

An automated open atlas for the 2011 Census

ByAlex Singleton

chapter 14|6 pages

Ethnic identity and inequalities

Local authority summaries
ByLudi Simpson

chapter 15|7 pages

Mapping travel-to-work flows

ByOliver O’Brien, James Cheshire

chapter 16|7 pages

Circular migration plots

ByNikola Sander, John Stillwell, Nik Lomax

part V|240 pages

Using 2011 Census data for research

chapter 17|17 pages

Creating a new open geodemographic classification of the UK using 2011 Census data

ByChris Gale, Alex Singleton, Paul Longley

chapter 18|15 pages

Uneven family geographies in England and Wales

(Non)traditionality and change between 2001 and 2011
ByDarren Smith, Andreas Culora

chapter 19|16 pages

Using census data in microsimulation modelling

ByMark Birkin, Michelle Morris, Tom Birkin, Robin Lovelace

chapter 20|16 pages

Local ethnic inequalities and ethnic minority concentration in England and Wales, 2001–11

ByKitty Lymperopoulou, Nissa Finney, Gemma Catney

chapter 22|11 pages

The prevalence of informal care and its association with health

Longitudinal research using census data for England and Wales
ByMaria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, James Robards, Athina Vlachantoni

chapter 23|15 pages

Using 2011 Census data to estimate future elderly health care demand

ByStephen Clark, Mark Birkin, Alison Heppenstall, Philip Rees

chapter 25|15 pages

Changes in social inequality, 2001–11

ByDanny Dorling

chapter 27|15 pages

Changing intensities and spatial patterns of internal migration in the UK

ByJohn Stillwell, Nik Lomax, Stephane Chatagnier

chapter 28|17 pages

Commuting intensities and patterns in England and Wales, 2001–11

ByThomas Murphy, John Stillwell, Lisa Buckner

chapter 29|10 pages

Analysing relative decline in cities with the British census

ByMike Coombes, Tony Champion

chapter 30|17 pages

The changing geography of deprivation in Great Britain

Exploiting small area census data, 1971 to 2011
ByPaul Norman, Fran Darlington-Pollock

part VI|18 pages

Looking forward and beyond 2021

chapter 33|16 pages

Towards 2021 and beyond

ByAndy Teague, Lara Phelan, Meghan Elkin, Garnett Compton