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What's new for 2022

We've made some significant changes for the 2022 census.

Our plans for the new census draw on extensive testing, research and analysis.

Read our plans for the 2022 census.

Find out more about our background research after the 2011 census.

Mainly online

We expect most people will complete Scotland's Census 2022 online.

We'll post a code, called an internet access code, to most households and communal establishment residents. They will use these codes to access the census questionnaire online.

We will still send paper questionnaires to people who request them. But we expect this to be the minority.

Census delivery and follow-up

In previous censuses, we hand-delivered and collected census questionnaires. For the first time in 2022, we’re using the postal service to deliver census materials to all households. We’ll also use couriers to deliver to communal establishments like student housing, hostels and hospitals.

We’ll send at least one reminder letter to households that do not respond to the census. If households still do not complete the census after that, we’ll visit them in person.

As time goes on, we will also remind households of the legal obligation for completing the census and the penalty for not doing so.

Easy access to results

We've overhauled how we present census results.

Our new search tool makes it easy to find the data you need. And we're developing a flexible table builder that will let you create your own data tables.

New questions

For the first time, the 2022 census will ask about:

  • trans status
  • sexual orientation
  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • passports held
  • previous armed forces service

See the full question set for the 2022 census.