Changes for 2011

The main differences between the 2011 Census and the 2001 Census are:

  • In 2011 most householders had the option to fill in their questionnaire online
  • In 2011 there were four pages of questions per person, instead of three. This allowed space for five new questions and better tick box options for people to choose from - for example, improved response options for qualifications and time spent caring for other people
  • In 2011 the five new questions were: long-term health conditions, language (two new questions in addition to the question on ability in Scottish Gaelic taken from 2001, which was expanded), national identity and month/year of arrival in the UK
  • In 2011 the question on ethnic group was extensively reviewed and the number of response options expanded
  • In 2011 the same sex civil partnership options were included in the marital status question

These improvements gave people more choice about how they filled in the questionnaire. They also give census data users better evidence of what people need from future public services. Comparability of the census questions in 2001 and 2011 together with its annex report give an overview of the differences between questions and individuals in Scotland’s Census in 2001 and 2011.

In 2011 we no longer asked:

  • size of organisation worked for
  • whether rented accommodation is furnished or unfurnished
  • what the lowest level of accommodation is
  • whether your household has a bath/shower and toilet
  • religion of upbringing