2011 Census Results: Gypsies & Travellers

Until 2012, there were no Gypsies and Travellers according to the UK National Census because they were not recognised by the Census, despite being part of British society for over 500 years.

Now, for the first time, Gypsies and Travellers can volunteer their ethnicity, and we welcome that 57,680 have chosen to do so. Sadly, we know from experience that for many Gypsies and Travellers, revealing their ethnicity at work or school can result in hostility, racist abuse and worse. We look forward to a time when more Gypsies and Travellers feel confident to “tick the box” without fear and the 300,000* Gypsies and Travellers will appear in Census records.

*300,000 is the number of Gypsies and Travellers estimated by Government by combining direct counts of caravans, school records and other recording.

This is the link to the census mapping:


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