||Of all available methods of statistical surveys, the census provides municipalities most of data. And it is the only method that can also provide data on smaller territorial units including parts of municipalities and basic settlement units (part of municipalities with unambiguous territorial technical an durban conditions).
Census results represent a significant source of information, which help municipal boards assess situations from various aspects of life in the municipality as well as issuing respective decisions. These results compose the basis for the following domains:
- formulation of strategic plans and concepts concerning the development of the municipality and its parts;
- compilation of the municipal budget;
- decision-making in terms of increasing or decreasing the capacity of educational institutes or establishments of social care under the administration of the municipality;
- as a basis for the creation of the territorial plan;
- the resolution of transport services;
- the creation of evacuation plans as well as operational decision-making upon emergency interventions;
- the elaboration of anti-flood measures;
- for its own presentation and marketing (e.g. for potential investors);
- a lot of information from the census constitute obligatory part of the application for subsidies and grants from national and Union funds and others;
- for each municipality will be processed more than 1000 indicators (output for basic settlement units will be of the same extent).
In essence every data item provided by the census has its own meaning and usability for the municipality.
- Data on the number of inhabitants, their age distribution, education and nationality structure, data on religion of the municipality’s inhabitants, data on the number of natives (people living in the municipality where they were born).
- Data on the economic activity of the municipality’s inhabitants. The results demonstrate not only the number of inhabitants economically active and inactive (children, students, non-working pensioners, homemakers and so on) but also the number and structure of unemployed persons.
- Data on the number of people commuting to the municipality for work and school, as well as commuting from the municipality outside, are/is also important, mainly in terms of the classification of the municipalities being commuted to. This data can certainly be used when considering changes to the municipality’s transportation service as well as in the establishing of job opportunities policy in the municipalities. Data items related to the means of transport used (public transportation, personal vehicles) will also be included.
- The census also provides data on families and households. Basic data will therefore be available even for the municipality level – the number of two-parent nuclear families and lone-parent nuclear families (including families with or without children), the number of children in these families, the cohabitation of more than one household in one dwelling, the number of persons in each type of household, the number of households of individuals, pensioners and so on in the households.
- The census provides the following basic information about the dwelling stock within the municipality – the total number of houses, the number of occupied and vacant houses categorized in family houses and multi-dwelling houses. The results also provide information about the structure of the houses by ownership, the floor number, the construction material of load-bearing walls and by the age of houses.
- The municipality also receives detailed data about the dwelling stock and the housing standard of inhabitants in the municipality. The census provides information not only about the total number of dwellings either occupied or vacant but also data about the size of the dwellings and their equipment with piped water, piped gas, connection to the sewerage system and so on; one of the most requested pieces of data from the previous census was data about the type of heating in the dwellings – this was mainly used in those cases where the energy source for heating was changed (gas supply to the municipalities, electrical heating and so on).
- Considering most of the data mentioned had already been investigated and published after several previous censuses, the municipality therefore has the fundamentals for assessing the long-term development, its inhabitants and the municipality’s basic life conditions.
- The census results are also a unique document for the municipality, as it demonstrates the times the census was executed at.