Census Data

Abbey: National identity - UK

Location Type: Electoral Wards/Divisions, ONS Geographic Code: E05010784

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Key Facts

All Residents 11,310
Male 6,067
Female 5,243
Households 4,589
Population Density (people/km2) 2,769.2
Table Codets027
Unit of MeasurePerson
Number of Response Options17

This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents in England and Wales by their national identity. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021.


Someone’s national identity is a self-determined assessment of their own identity, it could be the country or countries where they feel they belong or think of as home. It is not dependent on ethnic group or citizenship.

Respondents could select more than one national identity.

Quality Statement

The increase since the 2011 Census in people identifying as “British” and fall in people identifying as “English” may partly reflect true changes in self-perception. It is also likely to reflect that “British” replaced “English” as the first response option listed on the questionnaire in England.

More information at the ONS website

National identity: Total: All usual residents 11,311
British only identity 5,293
English only identity 1,476
English and British only identity 1,842
Welsh only identity 22
Welsh and British only identity 8
Any other combination of only UK identities 123
Scottish only identity 39
Scottish and British only identity 23
Northern Irish only identity 13
Northern Irish and British only identity 10
Cornish only identity 1
Cornish and British only identity 1
Any other combination of only UK identities 36
Irish only identity 64
Irish and at least one UK identity 14
Other identity only 2,174
Other identity and at least one UK identity 295
Non-UK identity only 2,238
UK identity and non-UK identity 309

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