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Census 2011: Detailed Characteristics for Local Government Districts and Super Output Areas in Northern Ireland

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Finance and Personnel

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) today released further results from the 2011 Census, which was held on 27 March 2011. 

The pre-planned Census outputs are being published across four releases, with a target completion date of 31 March 2014.

The main first release outputs (Population and Household Estimates) were published between July 2012 and September 2012, while those for second release (Key Statistics and Quick Statistics) were published between December 2012 and April 2013.

The more complex, multivariate third release outputs (Detailed Characteristics) are being published across four phases. The first three phases have already been published, consisting of a combined total of 217 tables at the Northern Ireland level. Each phase was accompanied by a statistical bulletin. 

The themes and publication dates were:

Phase 1 - Health, Religion and National Identity (16 May 2013);
Phase 2 - Ethnicity, Country of Birth and Language (28 June 2013); and
Phase 3 - Housing, Labour Market and Voluntary Work (11 September 2013).

NISRA today published Phase 4, which extends 166 of the above Detailed Characteristics tables to lower level geographies, including the 18 Assembly Areas, the 26 Local Government Districts and, where feasible, the 890 Super Output Areas.

The information is available electronically through the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) website:

The Census is widely acknowledged as playing a fundamental and unique role in the provision of comprehensive and robust population statistics. Census outputs are needed to inform policy, to plan services for specific groups of people and, especially, to make effective use of resources through distributing them to where they are needed most.

Key users of information from the Census include central and local government, academia, organisations undertaking research, the private, business and voluntary sectors and the general public.

Notes to editors:

1. Today’s release of results from the 2011 Census will be followed by a number of other planned releases. Further information about these is set out in the Northern Ireland Census 2011 Output Prospectus (, which will be regularly updated as the release programme proceeds.

2. Supporting papers on the 2011 Census are also available on the NISRA website:

3. Information on the 2011 Census in England and Wales is available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website:

4. Information on the 2011 Census in Scotland is available from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website:

5. Census statistics for the United Kingdom will be produced when estimates are available for all countries, and can be accessed at

6. We welcome feedback from users on the content, format and relevance of this release. Please send feedback to the email address below.

7. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference. © Crown copyright 2012.

8. The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

· meet identified user needs;
· are well explained and readily accessible;
· are produced according to sound methods, and 
· are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics, it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

9. Further information on the statistics provided in this publication can be obtained from NISRA Census Customer Services at:
Telephone: 028 9034 8160
Fax: 028 9034 8161
Responsible Statistician: Mr Robert Beatty

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