Census Data

West Midlands: Previously served in the UK armed forces

Location Type: Combined Authorities, ONS Geographic Code: E47000007

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Key Facts

All Residents 2,919,653
Male 1,433,051
Female 1,486,603
Households 1,131,763

The ONS doesn't publish census data directly for Combined Authorities. The figures on this page are aggregated from census areas contained within West Midlands. They may not, therefore, be precisely accurate. Age-standardised statistics and population density are not available for aggregated datasets.

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 2,301,054
Previously served in UK armed forces 40,858
Previously served in UK reserve armed forces 13,568
Previously served in both regular and reserve UK armed forces 2,344
Has not previously served in any UK armed forces 2,244,284

These values are calculated by adding up the values for census output areas contained within West Midlands. They may, therefore, be slightly inaccurate due to administrative boundaries not precisely aligning with census boundaries.

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