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Census 2011

According to Census 2011, the total population for Chichester District was estimated to be 113,794 split as 47.8% male and 52.2% female. Although the Office for National Statistics estimates that this has risen to 120,192 according to their mid-2017 population estimate.


  • Almost 1 in 3 households in Chichester District are single person occupancies. This is generally in line with county, regional and national averages.
  • 66.1% of the population stated their religion as Christianity. Despite this percentage falling from 77.3% in 2001 (a decrease of 7,012 people) it remains the most frequently held belief across the district. Almost a quarter of the population does not hold any religious beliefs. Since 2001 there have been 12,784 additional people in this category giving it the largest growth.
  • Between 2001 and 2011 'Shared Ownership' housing (part-owned and part-rented) increased by 138.2% from 191 to 455 properties. This is the 2nd highest increase in West Sussex and is reflective of the need for affordable homes and the drive for more mixed communities.
  • With 14.5% Chichester District has the highest percentage of self-employed residents in West Sussex, exceeding the regional and national averages.
  • As at 2011, Chichester District has the highest number of full time students (6,266) in West Sussex.


Should you wish to interact with this data visually, please go to the Office for National Statistics - interactive census content (opens new window).

Our analysis report of Census data on Chichester District is available on this page, as well as the Census form to private households for 2011. If you require data from any previous Census, please contact the Office for National Statistics directly.


Average life expectancy of district residents is 81.1 for men and 85 for women. This compares to the West Sussex male average of 80.6 and female average of 84.2. The national average is 79.6 for men and 83.2 for women.

Currently, 6.7% of children in Reception year are classified as obese, which is lower than county, regional and national averages. The percentage recorded in 2009 has decreased by 37.1%.

(Source: West Sussex Life 2017-19 and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment)

As part of Census 2011 residents were asked to assess their own state of health. More than 4 out of 5 residents stated that they are in good or very good health. 4,913 residents (4.4%) said they are in bad or very bad health.

17.5% of the district population (19,883 people) are limited a little (10.2%) or a lot (7.3%) in their daily activities due to a long-term health problem or disability.

Unpaid care

  • 101,307 people or 89.0% provide no unpaid care
  • 8,924 people or 7.8% provide 1 to 19 hours a week
  • 1,195 people or 1.1% provide 20-49 hours a week
  • 2,368 people or 2.1% provide 50 or more hours a week


Chichester District Council and the Valuation Office Agency estimate a number of 57,664 households in the Chichester District as at 23/04/2019.


67.2% of housing in Chichester District is owned outright or with a mortgage or loan. 0.91% is shared ownership, 14.9% is social rented from the council or registered social landlord. 2.1% are privately rented and 2.2% live rent free.


  • 39.2% of housing is detached
  • 30.0% is semi-detached
  • 19.1% of housing is terraced
  • 11.1% of housing is flats and maisonettes
  • 0.5% of housing is a caravan / temporary structure
  • 0.1% of housing is a shared dwelling

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