Census Data

East of England: National identity - UK

Location Type: Regions, ONS Geographic Code: E12000006

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Key Facts

All Residents 6,335,074
Male 3,106,977
Female 3,228,097
Households 2,628,782
Population Density (people/km2) 331.4
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 6,335,074
British only identity 3,444,505
English only identity 1,164,836
English and British only identity 958,921
Welsh only identity 14,988
Welsh and British only identity 7,033
Any other combination of only UK identities 57,015
Scottish only identity 24,761
Scottish and British only identity 11,890
Northern Irish only identity 6,848
Northern Irish and British only identity 3,041
Cornish only identity 580
Cornish and British only identity 111
Any other combination of only UK identities 9,784
Irish only identity 33,502
Irish and at least one UK identity 6,792
Other identity only 534,835
Other identity and at least one UK identity 112,647
Non-UK identity only 568,337
UK identity and non-UK identity 119,439

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