What is included in the Census 2021 Education & Housing Data?

The Census 2021 gathered data on Education and Housing, including:


  • Highest level of qualification
  • People in full time education


  • Accommodation type
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of cars/vans
  • Occupancy rating for bedrooms, for rooms
  • Second address
  • Tenure of household (own vs. rent)
  • Central heating

What are we finding in Somerset?

1. Around 17% of Somerset residents are in full time education

2. 3 in 10 people living in Somerset have Level 4 qualifications or above as their highest qualification level. Disparities across the county exist, with lower rates in parts of urban areas such as Chard, Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil.

3. 1 in 6 people in Somerset have no qualifications. In some areas, this increases to almost 1 in 3.

4. 86.5% of Somerset residents live in a house or a bungalow, almost 10 percentage points higher than the England average (77.9%).

5. A higher proportion of people in Somerset own their homes (68.5%) compared to England (62.5%). Somerset also has a higher proportion who own their home outright (no mortgage) 40.3%, which increases to 50% for some rural areas

6. Somerset homes are under-occupied, with over three quarters having more bedrooms than required. Less than 2% are overcrowded, with fewer bedrooms than required.

Webinar resources

More information on the Census education and housing data in Somerset can be found in our Census Webinar (video below) and slide deck.

More information on the Census 2021

More information on the Census 2021 can be found on the census website.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Somerset Partnership
    Somerset County Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • Homes in Sedgemoor
    Macmillan Cancer Support
    Community Council for Somerset
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
  • EDF
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
  • Somerset FA
    British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
  • Channel Adventure
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Sports Coach UK