Census Data

England and Wales: Provision of unpaid care

Location Type: England and Wales, ONS Geographic Code: K04000001

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Key Facts

All Residents 59,597,542
Male 29,177,340
Female 30,420,202
Households 24,783,199
Population Density (people/km2) 394.6

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Table Codets039
Unit of MeasurePerson
Number of Response Options7

This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents in England and Wales by the number of hours of unpaid care they provide. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021.


An unpaid carer may look after, give help or support to anyone who has long-term physical or mental ill-health conditions, illness or problems related to old age.

This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.

This help can be within or outside of the carer's household.

Provision of unpaid care: Total: All usual residents aged 5 and over 56,365,506
Provides no unpaid care 51,376,490
Provides 19 hours or less unpaid care a week 2,442,050
Provides 9 hours or less unpaid care a week 1,764,549
Provides 10 to 19 hours unpaid care a week 677,501
Provides 20 to 49 hours unpaid care a week 1,035,366
Provides 20 to 34 hours unpaid care a week 483,300
Provides 35 to 49 hours unpaid care a week 552,066
Provides 50 or more hours unpaid care a week 1,511,600

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