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Topics included in the population schedule at the Census in Sri Lanka, 1871-2001

  Year
Topic 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931* 1946 1953 1963 1971 1981 2001
Demoraphic and personal characteristics
Name x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Relationship to head of household  x x x - - - - x x x x x x
Sex  x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Date of birth - - - - - - - - - x x x x
Age x x x x x x x x x x x x -
Marital status x - - x x x x x x x x x x
Ethnic group of nationality x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Religion x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Citizenship - - - - - - - - x x x x x
                           
Educational characteristics
Ability to speak Sinhala or Tamil - - - - - - - x x x - - -
Ability to speak English - - - - x x x x x x - - -
Literacy - x x x x x x x x x x - -
Literacy in English - - - x x x x x x x - - -
Literacy in Tamil, Sinhala, English - - - - - - - - - - - x x
Educational attainment - - - - - - - - xs x x x x
School attendance - - - - - - - - - - x x x
                           
Economic characteristics
Type of activity - - - - - - - - - x x x x
Principal occupation x x x x x x x x xs x x x x
Subsidiary occupation - - - x x x - - - - - - -
Industry - - - - - - - x x x x x x
Employment status - - - - - - - x x x x x x
Salary or wages (Income) - - - x x x x x xs - - - -
Dependency (means of subsistence or earner on whom dependent) - - - x x x x x x - - - -
Period for which unemployed - - - - - - - - xs - x - -
Whether sought work - - - - - - - - - - - x -
Period of search for work - - - - - - - - - - - x -
Reasons for not seeking work - - - - - - - - - - - x -
                           
Migration and residence information
Place of birth x - x x x x x x x x xs xs x
Place of usual residence - - - - - - - - - - xs xs x
Duration of stay at usual residence - - - - - - - - - - xs xs x
Place of previous residence - - - - - - - - - - xs xs x
Length of residence in Sri Lanka - - - - - - - x x - - - -
                           
Nuptiality and fertility
Date of marriage - - - - - - - x xs - - - -
If previously married, date of first marriage - - - - - - - x xs - - - -
Age at first marriage - - - - - - - - - - xs - -
Duration of first marriage - - - - - - - - - - xs - -
If married more than once duration of subsequent marriage - - - - - - - - - - xs - -
Age at birth of first child - - - - - - - x xs - - - -
Number of children ever born - - - - - - - x xs - xs - x
Number of children living - - - - - - - - - - xs - x
                           
Other topics
Infirmity x x x x x x - x x x - x x
Orphanhood - - - - - - - x x - - - -
Distance from usual residence to place of work or school - - - - - - - - - - - x -
Principal mode of travel to place of work or school - - - - - - - - - - - x -

Notes

x denotes that the information was collected from all persons
xs denotes that the information was collected from a smaple only
- denotes that the information was not collected
* details were obtained from all persons within the Colombo Municipility only
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