Census 2011: Regions & Districts – National Identity (KS202) ( KS202-NRD )

This is the National Identity table (KS202) from the 2011 Census. The table provides data on how usual residents described their nationality identity. Data is for England, regions and districts.

The question was: How would you describe your national identity?

  • English
  • Welsh
  • Scottish
  • Northern Irish
  • British
  • Other

The 2011 census in England and Wales took place on 27th March 2011. It provides a snapshot of the population and its characteristics on that day.

Further information about the census estimates, including details about the methodology is available here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/census/2011/index.html


Identification Number: KS202-NRD
Authoring Entity: Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Producer: Milton Keynes Council
Copyright: © Crown Copyright 2012
Date of Production: 2012-12-11

National identity – A person’s national identity is a self-determined assessment of their own identity with respect to the country or countries with which they feel an affiliation. This assessment of identity is not dependent on legal nationality or ethnic group. The national identity question included six tick box responses – one for each of the four parts of the UK (English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish), one for British, and one for ‘Other’ Where a person ticked ‘Other’ they were asked to write in the name of the country. People were asked to tick all options that they felt applied to them. This means that in results relating to national identity people may be classified with a single national identity or a combination of identities. British identity excludes responses indicating an identity related to the British Virgin Islands and British Overseas Territories.

Usual resident – The main population base for outputs from the 2011 Census is the usual resident population as at census day 27 March 2011. Although the population base for enumeration included non-UK short-term residents, this population is analysed separately and is not included in the main outputs from the 2011 Census. All outputs, unless specified, are produced using only usual residents of the UK. For 2011 Census purposes, a usual resident of the UK is anyone who, on census day, was in the UK and had stayed or intended to stay in the UK for a period of 12 months or more, or had a permanent UK address and was outside the UK and intended to be outside the UK for less than 12 months.


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