Why can't you get census information from other government data sources?

The information that the census provides is not available from other sources.

The census is unique because it is the only survey to include everyone in the country. It asks the same questions of us all and in doing so builds a reliable picture of Scotland as a whole, as well as for groups of people and local communities within it.

A review of alternatives to a traditional census was carried out before work began on the Census, which concluded that the census was the only way to meet the information needs in 2011.

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