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Census questionnaires are being posted to every household in Kent this week ahead of the 2011 Census on 27th March.
They will include questions on a wide range of areas including national identity, ethnic group, educational qualifications, job titles and state of health.
For the first time, questions about civil partnerships, second homes and recent migration will also be included, but there won't be any on income, sexual orientation or nature of disability.
Everyday life is shaped by the statistics and information gained from the Census, and helps local local authorities and the government plan services like schools, hospitals, housing, roads and emergency services.
It should take around 20 minutes for each household to complete the Census, and this year your responses can also be submitted online. Filling it out is compulsory, with the threat of a fine of up to £1,000 if it isn't done and returned.
All the forms will be gathered together and then a massive counting operation will get underway, involving some 35,000 workers. The first information from the Census is expected to be released in 2012, consisting of population estimates by age and sex for each local authority area, with more detailed statistics released in 2013.
The Census is taken every ten years, and there have been quite a few changes in Kent since the last one in 2001.
The average price of a terraced house in 2001 was £88,000, and unleaded petrol cost around 78p a litre.