Census Data

Tower Hamlets: National identity - UK

Location Type: Built Up Areas, ONS Geographic Code: E63004898

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Key Facts

All Residents 328,995
Male 165,139
Female 163,862
Households 129,481

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

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 328,964
British only identity 188,304
English only identity 15,875
English and British only identity 15,935
Welsh only identity 747
Welsh and British only identity 375
Any other combination of only UK identities 3,210
Scottish only identity 1,311
Scottish and British only identity 621
Northern Irish only identity 592
Northern Irish and British only identity 191
Cornish only identity 41
Cornish and British only identity 10
Any other combination of only UK identities 444
Irish only identity 2,845
Irish and at least one UK identity 546
Other identity only 85,588
Other identity and at least one UK identity 15,539
Non-UK identity only 88,433
UK identity and non-UK identity 16,085

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

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