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Scotland's Census 2022

Scotland’s census - our once-a-decade count of the population – is now open.

Visit our completion website to get started with your census response.

The census is the official count of every person in the country. It collects information about where you stay and the people who stay there.

Find out more about what the census is and why we need it

You can also see examples of how the census has helped Scotland

How and when to take part

At the end of February, we wrote to every household in Scotland with instructions for taking part.

Census Day was Sunday, 20 March 2022 but there is still time to complete your response.

Visit our completion website and follow the instructions in your letter to get started.

If you have lost your letter, order a replacement.

You can also order a paper questionnaire online if you prefer to complete the census this way.

If you stay somewhere like a halls of residence, a care home or a hostel, the person who manages your accommodation will provide you with instructions for how to take part.

Help and support to complete your census

Our completion website has been designed to help you complete the census as quickly and easily as possible.

Visit the website to:

  • complete the census online
  • find out more about the census
  • check who you should include in your census response
  • get help to answer questions
  • access guidance and support in other languages
  • access guidance in accessible formats, such as British Sign Language, audio, braille and large print
  • order a paper questionnaire or a replacement code to complete online

We also offer support and help over the phone, through webchat and by email.

If you cannot complete the census yourself

You can ask for help to complete the census questionnaire if you cannot do it yourself from:

  • another member of your household or family who is aged 16 or over
  • a carer
  • someone you trust

A legal responsibility

The householder is responsible for completing the household census questionnaire.

The householder is the person who lives, or is present, at an address who:

  • owns/rents (or jointly owns/rents) the accommodation and/or
  • is responsible (or jointly responsible) for paying the household bills and expenses

Every household in Scotland must complete a census questionnaire.

People who are over 16 and living in places like halls of residence, care homes or a hostels are responsible for completing an individual census questionnaire.

Keeping your information secure and confidential

Your census return will be kept secure and will be confidential for 100 years.

It is against the law for anybody who works on or with the census to make public any personal details from the census during the 100-year period.

Find out more about how we protect your privacy

Read more about an independent audit that has reviewed our security and privacy standards.

Make sure you do not get caught out by a census scam.