Census Data

South East: Previously served in the UK armed forces

Location Type: Regions, ONS Geographic Code: E12000008

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Key Facts

All Residents 9,278,065
Male 4,539,240
Female 4,738,825
Households 3,807,966
Population Density (people/km2) 486.5
Table Codets071
Unit of MeasurePerson
Number of Response Options5

This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents in England and Wales by whether or not they have previously served in the UK armed forces. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021.


Identifies people who have previously served in the UK armed forces. This includes those who have served for at least one day in armed forces, either regular or reserves, or Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations.

Quality Statement

Many who have previously served in the UK armed forces will be older males because of National Service. We applied extra quality assurance to correct some answers from currently serving personnel.

More information at the ONS website

UK armed forces veteran indicator: Total: All usual residents 7,554,580
Previously served in UK armed forces 245,235
Previously served in UK reserve armed forces 58,250
Previously served in both regular and reserve UK armed forces 13,597
Has not previously served in any UK armed forces 7,237,498

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