On the 29th November 2022, the Office for National Statistics released detailed univariate data from the 2021 Census covering the theme of ‘Ethnicity, National Identity, Language and Religion’.

This release includes four key areas of data:

Ethnicity Ethnic Group
Ethnic Group (Detailed)
Multiple Ethnic Group
Output Area (OA)
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
Output Area (OA)
National Identity National Identity
National Identity (Detailed)
Output Area (OA)
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
Language Main Language (Detailed)
Household Language
Multiple Main Languages in Household
Proficiency in English
Local Authority (LA)
Output Area (OA)
Output Area (OA)
Output Area (OA)
Religion Religion
Religion (Detailed)
Multiple Religion Households
Output Area (OA)
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
Output Area (OA)

The data can be accessed on the Data Observatory via the updated Population Profile or via the Data Explorer.

To find out more about how to view this data in the Data Observatory please see our dedicated Census Phase 1 Update

You can also can access the data directly from the ONS website HERE

You can find an infographic highlighting the headline results for Hull here:

Summary Infographic: Ethnicity, National Identity, Language and Religion

Below you will find summary information for Hull which includes, for each of the four key areas listed above:

  • Headline results
  • Maps of useful datasets at Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) Level


  • In 2021, 16.1% (43,051) of usual residents in Hull identified as a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) group (which includes white, but non-British, residents).
  • This compares to 26.5% nationally.
  • It is an increase from 10.3% (26,486) in Hull in 2011.
  • 8.2% (22,024) of usual residents in Hull identified as a non-white ethnic group, compared to 19.0% nationally.
  • This is an increase from 5.9% (15,085) in Hull in 2011.
  • The most common ethnic group in Hull in 2021, after “English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or British”, was “White: Other” accounting for 7.4% (19,835) of the overall population, compared to 6.3% nationally.
  • This ethnic group also saw the largest increase, up 9,268 from 4.1% (10,567) in 2011.
  • Other large increases were also seen in the “Other ethnic group: Any other ethnic group” (+2,458) and “Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: African” (+1,820) ethnic categories.
  • In Hull, 5.9% (6,822) of households consisted of members identifying with two or more different ethnic groups, compared to 10.1% nationally

  • 2021 Census Map: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Population (LSOA)
    2021 Census Map: Non-White Population (LSOA)
    2021 Census Map: White: Other Population (White Non-British) (LSOA)


    • In 2021, 10.1% (26,924) of usual Hull residents did not identify with at least one UK national identity (English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, British, and Cornish).
    • This compares to 10.0% nationally.
    • It is an increase from 6.7% (17,076) in Hull in 2011.
    • Among those in Hull who described a non-UK national identity, the most common responses were those describing “Polish” only (3.1%, 8,263) or “Romanian” only (1.3%; 3,366) as their identity.
    • This is the same as nationally; however, the percentages are smaller (1.0% and 0.8% respectively).

    • 2021 Census Map: Population Not Identifying as UK National Identity (LSOA)


      • In 2021, 10.0% (25,805) of usual Hull residents, aged three years and over, did not have English as a main language.
      • This compares to 9.2% nationally.
      • It is an increase from 6.5% (15,913) in Hull in 2011.
      • In 2021, a further 7.1% (18,282) of the overall population were proficient in English but did not speak it as their main language.
      • The most common main languages, other than English, were: Polish (3.3%, 8,564), Romanian (1.3%, 3,245), Lithuanian (0.6%, 1,517), Arabic (0.5%, 1,287), and Kurdish (0.5%, 1,248).
      • The largest increases from 2011 were for people who specified Polish (+3,764, 78.4%) and Romanian (+3,081, 1878.7%) as a main language.
      • In 2021, 61.6% (71,103) of households in Hull consisted of members who all had the same main language; whilst 4.3% (4,923) had different main languages within the household.

      • 2021 Census Map: Households Where Noone Speaks English As Main Language (LSOA)
        2021 Census Map: Population Who Cannot Speak English At All or Very Well (LSOA)


        • The religion question is voluntary; 93.6% (250,059) of usual Hull residents answered the question in 2021.
        • This compares to 94.0% nationally.
        • It is an increase from 92.8% (238,001) in Hull in 2011.
        • For the first time, less than half of the population of Hull who answered this question (42.6%, 106,411) described themselves as “Christian”, a 16.6 percentage point decrease from 59.1% (140,753) in 2011.
        • In fact, in Hull the most common answer to the religion question was “No Religion” (52.6%; 131,412)
        • This compares to 39.0% nationally.
        • It is an increase of 15.0 percentage points from 37.5% (89,336) in Hull in 2011.
        • In Hull in 2021, 4.6% of residents (12,244) belong to a non-Christian religion.
        • This compares to 11.0% nationally.
        • It is an increase from 3.3% (7,912) in Hull in 2011.

        • 2021 Census Map: Population Belonging to Non-Christian Religions (LSOA)