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Release: 2011 Census, Detailed Characteristics on Approximated Social Grade for Middle Layer Super Output Areas and 2011 Census Merged Wards in England and Wales

Released: 26 March 2014


Alexa Bradley

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0) 1329 444972

Categories: People and Places, Communities, Societal Wellbeing

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Ward and Electoral District

Survey name(s): Census

In this release

This release of Detailed Characteristics tables covers the topic of Approximated Social Grade, cross-tabulated with one or more other topics from the census. Tables are provided for local authorities, 2011 Census Merged Wards and Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) in England and Wales.

There are 8 Detailed Characteristics tables in this release: 7 tables produced at both MSOA and 2011 Census merged ward level, and 1 table at unitary authority level. In addition to the Detailed Characteristics tables, there is one Quick Statistics table produced at Output area level and above. All of these tables are available from the Nomis website. Each table can be accessed directly using the links in the reference table (31 Kb Excel sheet) .

The level of detail included in Detailed Characteristics tables means that, in order to prevent disclosure of individuals’ information, these tables are only produced for areas that have minimum population thresholds of 1,000 persons or 400 households. Some wards fall below this threshold. In these cases the ward is merged with a neighbouring ward, or wards, until the combined Census estimate for the merged wards is above both the minimum person (1,000) and household (400) threshold. Detailed characteristics are therefore produced for wards known as 2011 Census Merged Wards. The complete set of 2011 Census Merged Wards includes both those that have been merged, as well as those wards above the threshold that do not need to be merged. This gives complete coverage of England and Wales.

More information about merged local authorities, MSOAs and 2011 Census Merged Wards is available from ONS Geography.

This release coincides with the release of both Detailed Characteristics tables and Local Characteristics tables that cover the topic of travel to work.

Detailed Characteristics and Local Characteristics tables from previous releases are also available from the Nomis.

Further information about the census estimates, including details about the methodology used and information about how other population sub-groups are counted and defined, is available in the in the 2011 Census user guide.

Further information on the fitness for purpose of the statistics in this release can be found in the Quality and Methodology (157.6 Kb Pdf) Information paper.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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