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Census 2011 - Trafford
Census 2011 Logo2011 Census in Trafford


226,60094,500
Estimated People in TraffordEstimated Households in Trafford
8% increase on 20015% increase on 2001

Key Information from the Second Release

Data was released in the middle of December 2012, across a range of themes, at Local Authority level. From these datasets, we have written a collection of brief statements giving high-level summaries of the data. These can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Key Facts from the First Release

The first population estimates have been released by the Office for National Statistics today (16 July 2012). Although the release does not contain a huge amount of information, the data released is interesting.

Some key points:

  • Trafford's population is now estimated to be around 226,600. This is an increase of 7.8%, or 16,400 people, on the 2001 Census. It is also 9,300 higher than the most recent ONS population estimate for Trafford, for 2010.
  • The number of 0-4 year olds has increased by almost 25%. This is the second highest in Greater Manchester (Manchester being the highest), and higher than England as a whole (13%).
  • 11.7% of Trafford's population are over the age of 70. This is higher than the Greater Manchester average (10.2%), but is very similar to the England average (11.8%).
  • There are 4,600 more females than males in Trafford. This is not spread across all ages, however. There are more males in each age band from 0–24, and also between 50 and 60. Females dominate other age bands. There are twice as many over 85 year old women than men.
  • The response rate in Trafford was 93%, meaning 93% of Trafford's usual residents were included in the census. This is slightly lower than the National rate of 94%.
  • The number of households in Trafford has increased by 4,500, from very nearly 90,000 to 94,500.

Population Pyramid

This chart shows how Trafford's population is made up, and how it has changed since the last census, in terms of age and gender. We can see that there have been significant increases in the numbers of 0–4 year olds, 40–50 year olds, and 60–64 year olds. There appear to be fewer thirtysomethings, while the number of 65 to 80 year olds is broadly the same as it was 10 years ago.

Population Pyramid

About the Census

From the ONS: "The 2011 Census took place on 27 March 2011. All households in England and Wales were issued with a questionnaire. Questionnaires were received back from households in spring 2011. The 2011 Census was designed to collect statistics about, for example, households, health, migration, length of stay (year of entry to UK), ethnic groups and national identity, religion, qualifications, employment, transport and visitors.

"The data to produce the 2011 Census statistics are still being processed, undergoing cleaning, validation and statistical estimation processes to provide the robust statistics that users expect. The 2011 Census fieldwork in England and Wales was successful and ONS is confident that it has reached the 94 per cent national response rate target for England and Wales overall, and over 80 per cent response from every local authority.

"The 2011 Census statistics will provide a detailed snapshot of the population of England, and of Wales, and through comparison will reveal changes in society since the last census in 2001. The information is used extensively across a number of different sectors to support the development of policy, planning and delivery of services."


Key dates

Data for the Census was gathered as at 27 March 2011. An output file showing the take up of online questionnaires was released in March 2012. You can find this file below. The first significant data release is 16 July 2012, when we will receive a file containing numbers of people in Trafford, broken down by males/females, and 5 year age bands. We are also expecting data on household space estimates, and short-term migrant rates. Additionally, there will also be information relating to Quality Assurance of the data.

Following this teaser, we are expecting a 4 month respite. Then, from November 2012, it is anticipated that the big data releases will begin in earnest, firstly with a range of 'Key and Quick Statistics', followed by 'Local Characteristics' in March 2013 , with 'Detailed Characteristics, Theme and Armed Forces' released from July 2013.