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The 2011 Census was the first census in England and Wales to allow respondents to complete online. This update provides the key headline results nationally and some specific analysis for take-up rates using the internet in Tameside.

The internet take-up rates have been produced using provisional results (August 2011), before validation of census responses is completed. The results may be useful to those involved in planning and delivering online services.

The full report issued by ONS can be found at by following this link:

National headline results

The online questionnaire went live on 4 March 2011 and was available until 22 May 2011. The first response was received 38 minutes after the system became live. The key headline results for England and Wales are:

  • 16% of census returns were completed online in England and Wales
  • 30% of respondents aged 26-35 chose to complete online, very similar proportions to those aged 17-25 and 36-45; compared with less than 10% for those aged over 65
  • The daily peak for completion online was between 7pm to 10pm
  • Highest proportion of online returns were in Tower Hamlets (29%)
  • 16.4% completed the online return in Tameside

Tameside results

At ward level the highest proportion of online returns was in Stalybridge South (19.8%) and the lowest level in Audenshaw (14.83%). The results for each ward can be seen in the table below.

Table 1: Proportion of online census returns by ward


% of census returns completed online

Audenshaw 14.83%
Denton South 14.84%
Ashton Waterloo 15.00%
Denton West 15.23%
Droylsden East 15.24%
Dukinfield Stalybridge 15.62%
Denton North East 15.85%
Droylsden West 15.88%
Hyde Werneth 15.88%
Ashton Hurst 15.93%
Longdendale 16.21%
Hyde Godley 16.68%
Stalybridge North 16.95%
Hyde Newton 17.31%
Mossley 17.46%
Dukinfield 17.64%
Ashton St. Michael's 18.11%
St. Peter's 18.18%
Stalybridge South 19.80%

Source: ONS

The map below shows the proportion of census returns made online by lower super output area (LSOA).

Figure 1: % of online census returns by LSOA

Data source: ONS

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