Age by General health by Proficiency in English by Sex (England and Wales) 2011

Dataset population: Persons aged 3 and over

Age

Age is derived from the date of birth question and is a person's age at their last birthday, at 27 March 2011. Dates of birth that imply an age over 115 are treated as invalid and the person's age is imputed. Infants less than one year old are classified as 0 years of age.

General health

General health is a self-assessment of a person's general state of health. People were asked to assess whether their health was very good, good, fair, bad or very bad.

For England and Wales, this assessment is not based on a person's health over any specified period of time.

Proficiency in English

Proficiency in English language classifies people whose main language is not English (or not English or Welsh in Wales) according to their ability to speak English. A person is classified in one of the categories:

  • Can speak English very well
  • Can speak English well
  • Cannot speak English well
  • Cannot speak English

This question was handled slightly differently in the England and Wales censuses.

In the English census a tick box was used in Question 18, asking 'What is your main language?', giving the option of 'English' or 'Other'.

In the Welsh census, a tick box was used in Question 18, asking 'What is your main language?', giving the option of 'English or Welsh' or 'Other'.

Those who ticked 'Other' would be asked about their ability to speak English.

A consequence of this is that a person who reports their main language to be Welsh and completed the Welsh census, will not be asked about their ability to speak English. Whereas a person who indicates that their main language is Welsh and lives in England would be asked about 'their ability to speak English'.

Copies of the census forms can be found here: UK census forms.

Sex

The classification of a person as either male or female.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Last Updated September 20, 2022, 17:11 (+0100)
Created September 20, 2022, 16:54 (+0100)
Visibility Public
Year 2011
Topics Demography
Health
Language
Units Persons
Geographic Layer Census Electoral Divisions
Census Wards
Counties
Countries
Local Authorities
London Boroughs
Lower Super Output Areas
Merging Local Authorities
Merging Wards and Electoral Divisions
Metropolitan Districts
Middle Super Output Areas
Non-Metropolitan Districts
Output Areas
Regions
Unitary Authorities
Frequency Decennial
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5257/census/aggregate-2011-2
Citation Office for National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; UK Data Service. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5257/census/aggregate-2011-2
Geographical Coverage Location England and Wales
Granularity Country level down to Output Areas
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