This dataset provides 2011 estimates that classify usual residents in England and Wales by ethnic group. Although not using the full ethnic group classification, it provides much more detail than the 2001 estimates in table UV09. The estimates are as at census day, 27 March 2011.

This information helps public bodies meet statutory obligations relating to race equality. It is also used for resource allocation and to develop and monitor policy on improving the life-chances for disadvantaged groups, including many ethnic minority groups. The statistics provide a better understanding of communities and are used for the government-wide race equality and community cohesion strategy, which seeks to improve|race equality outcomes in areas such as housing, education, health and criminal justice for all groups across society. Additionally, the Ministry of Defence uses the information to provide a benchmark against which to measure ethnic minority recruitment and representation in the armed forces.|

Statistical Disclosure Control
In order to protect against disclosure of personal information from the 2011 Census, there has been swapping of records in the Census database between different geographic areas, and so some counts will be affected. In the main, the greatest effects will be at the lowest geographies, since the record swapping is targeted towards those households with unusual characteristics in small areas.

More details on the ONS Census disclosure control strategy may be found on the Statistical Disclosure Control page on the ONS web site.
Table ID
Census 2011
Ethnic Group
England and Wales
Area types
Output area and above
Latest data
Last updated
2013-02-12 09:30
Rural Urban, Ethnic Group
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