About Census 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Census?

The census is a count, and account, of everybody in Ireland on Census Night. Everyone in the country on Census Night must be included on a census form and be part of the official count of people and dwellings.

When is our next Census?

Our next census will take place on Sunday 3 April 2022. It was postponed from April 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who carries out the Census?

The census is organised by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). For Census 2022, CSO is recruiting a temporary field force of 5,600 people to carry out the census at local and regional level.

Why do we have a Census?

Census results are important in planning our future services at community, local and national level including healthcare, education, transport and housing. 

Is the Census compulsory?

Yes. Everybody present in the country on Census Night must be included. This is the law [Statistics Act 1993Statistics (Census of Population) Order 2020].

Is my information secure?

Yes. CSO values and protects the information you provide to us on your census form. It is secure and protected by law.  All staff involved in the Census are Officers of Statistics and are legally bound by the Statistics Act 1993 to protect the confidentiality of your data.  We are also GDPR compliant.

The CSO only publishes grouped anonymous data in the form of statistics.  Your completed census form will be securely stored for 100 years, after which it will become publicly available, in line with the Statistics Act.

Are there any new questions on the Census 2022 form?

Following a consultation process and pilot survey, there will be eight new questions on the Census 2022 form (PDF). The topics are Renewable energy sources, Internet access and devices, Smoke alarms, Smoking, Working from home, Volunteering, Childcare, Travelling home from work, school or college.   There are also changes to 25 existing questions, including those on disability, ethnic groups, religion and the Irish language. There will also be a brand new feature called a ‘Time Capsule’.

What is the ‘Time Capsule’?

For the first time ever, Census 2022 will include a “Time Capsule” section. This is a voluntary section which will allow people to write a message of their choosing (to future generations perhaps). The information will be stored securely for 100 years after which it will be made publicly available.

How do I participate in Census 2022?

A census enumerator will visit your home between late February and 3 April 2022 to deliver your census form. They will return to collect your completed form between 4 April and early May 2022. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about your form / the census. All census enumerators will carry CSO/Census 2022 ID cards.

I would like to work on Census 2022 – are jobs still available?

Yes. We will be recruiting 5,100 Census Enumerators on 25 November. Applications will be online only and you can apply here on census.ie or on the CSO website on this date.