Once-in-a-decade census coming in March

A row of typical British terraced houses.Picture: Getty Images

A row of typical British terraced houses.Picture: Getty Images - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

North Somerset residents will soon be asked to take part in the once-in-a-decade census to give an accurate estimate of the UK's population.

The survey has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941, and this year is set to be first predominantly carried out online.

The deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics has highlighted the importance of its results in regards to public funding.

Further census results were revealed

Further census results were revealed - Credit: submitted

Iain Bell said: “A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed.

"This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and transport routes- which is why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will take place on March 21, although households across the district will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part earlier in the month.

Results will be available within 12 months.