New census data reveals social change in Stevenage


Newly released data from the 2021 census has shown the extent of social change in Stevenage wards over the past ten years.

Households were asked questions last year – for the first time since the 2011 census – and some of their answers have now been revealed.

You can interact with the maps below to see how your neighborhood compares to Stevenage’s numbers as a whole.

Earlier this year, census data showed Stevenage’s population had grown from 83,957 in 2011 to 89,500 in 2021.

The latest data release digs deeper into Stevenage Census responses, with details on median age, family composition and internal migration, among other categories.

The figures show that the percentage of adults in Stevenage who were married or in a civil partnership fell from 46.45% to 43.9%.

In comparison, the percentage of adults who never married or registered a civil partnership fell from 33.87% to 38.2%.

The median age of residents increased slightly from 37 to 38 years old.

The percentage of residents born in the UK has increased from 88.23% in 2011 to 83.5% in 2021. 6.3% were born elsewhere in Europe, compared to 3.88% in 2011.

Meanwhile, in 2021, 3.2% of residents were born in Africa and 5.2% in the Middle East and Asia. Comparable figures for 2011 are not available.

The percentage of people without a passport fell from 16.86% to 13.4%, while 76.7% of people held a UK passport – almost exactly the same figure as in 2011 when it was 76.75%.

On the positive side, the percentage of households with deprivations in at least one dimension fell from 47.7% in 2011 to 43.9% in 2021.

Households can be classified as disadvantaged if they are overcrowded or include people with disabilities, jobs or qualifications.


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