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The National Classification of Census Output Areas

Introduction

The National Classification of Census Output Areas is a three tier hierarchy consisting of 7 (Super-groups), 21 (Groups) and 52 (Sub-groups). The classification was created from 41 census variables and classifies every output area in the UK based of its value for those variables.

The classification is a joint project between the School of Geography, University of Leeds and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the ONS.

This site which is hosting the classification in conjunction with National Statistics Online is designed to give users access to the classification and information about its creation and additional information to aid use.

If you have any queries about or problems accessing any of the data please let us know: E-mail comments or queries

Cluster Names

If you have any suggestions of names for the sub-group level of the classification or alternative names for the other levels please feel free to hand them in E-mail names Cluster Names (.pdf)

Cluster Names (.xls)

Membership Data

Whole of UK

Membership Database (SPSS) 16mb

Membership Database (.dbf) 17mb large file will not open in Excel

Poscode look-up Membership Database (zipped .dbf) 11mb (not Comprihensive)

By Region

Membership Database North East (.xls)

Membership Database North West (.xls)

Membership Database Yorkshire and the Humber (.xls)

Membership Database East Midlands (.xls)

Membership Database West Midlands (.xls)

Membership Database East of England (.xls)

Membership Database London (.xls)

Membership Database South East (.xls)

Membership Database South West (.xls)

Membership Database Wales (.xls)

Membership Database Scotland (.xls)

Membership Database Northern Ireland (.xls)

Additional Data

Variables Used

Variable List

Population of Clusters

Percentage of the population in each cluster (Updated now also by GOR)

Fuzzy Classification

Fuzzy Classification (SPSS) Distance to all Super-group centres rather than just membership of one (23mb)

Fuzzy Classification (.dbf) Distance to all Super-group centres rather than just membership of one (22mb large file will not open in Excel)

Classifications Hierarchy

UK Classifications Hierarchy (SPSS) Membership of all three levels of classification (local authority, ward, output area) and the links between them (25mb)

UK Classifications Hierarchy (.dbf) Membership of all three levels of classification (local authority, ward, output area) and the links between them (32mb large file will not open in Excel)

Cluster Maps

Whole UK Classification Map (12mb)

Super-group 1

Super-group 2

Super-group 3

Super-group 4

Super-group 5

Super-group 6

Super-group 7

Cluster Profiles

Cluster Profiles Super-group level

Cluster Profiles Group level

Cluster Profiles Sub-group level

Cluster Profiles Super-group 1

Cluster Profiles Super-group 2

Cluster Profiles Super-group 3

Cluster Profiles Super-group 4

Cluster Profiles Super-group 5

Cluster Profiles Super-group 6

Cluster Profiles Super-group 7

Alternative Profiles Super-group level

Alternative Profiles Group level

Alternative Profiles Sub-group level

Image Format

Cluster Photos

If you have any photos of areas and you think that they would be a good representation of one of the groups they would be gratefully received E-mail photos

Cluster Photos Super-group 1

Cluster Photos Super-group 2

Cluster Photos Super-group 3

Cluster Photos Super-group 4

Cluster Photos Super-group 5

Cluster Photos Super-group 6

Cluster Photos Super-group 7

Other sources of Information

DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT HERE!

Methodology

Variable Selection

AREA CLASSIFICATION ITERACTIVE via National Statistics

Local Authority Classification

Report

Membership Info

Proximity Info