Mole Valley - The District

Mole Valley lies at the heart of Surrey, mid-way between London and the Sussex coast. It has a population of approximately 85,000 people. The majority of the district's population live in the main towns and villages of the district, in particular, Dorking and Leatherhead.

Mole Valley's countryside is extensive, accounting for more than 90% of the district's area. It contains a host of very attractive villages and hamlets. Large parts are included within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

More information about Mole Valley can also be found by visiting the Visit Dorking and Visit Leatherhead.

The 2021 Census

The national census is taking place on 21 March 2021. Households across Mole Valley will soon be asked to take part in this nationwide survey of housing and the population which helps to decide how services are planned and funded in Mole Valley. This will be the first census run predominantly online.

MVDC will promote the census on our media channels; this is alongside a national media campaign by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who run the census. Local organisations and community groups will also be contacted again by the ONS to help spread the word so that no one is missed.

The Census Engagement Manager for Mole Valley is Paul Fenton and you can email him at For more information about the census, visit

Census 2021 - Your questions answered (PDF)


The 2011 Census

Details about the population of Surrey were revealed following the release of data from the 2011 census. The results show that more people in Surrey are educated to degree level or above than anywhere else in the South East, with Elmbridge having the highest percentage of degree holders in the county.

Surrey has also become more diverse in the last 10 years but still remains lower than the national average, with 85.3% of Surrey people reporting they were White British and 9.6%, black minority and ethnic groups.

These statistics are among the latest details of the Census which are now available on Surrey-I, the county's website for data, information and intelligence about Surrey and its people. It also features information about diversity, health, disability and carers in the county.