Neighbourhoods and area statistics in the post 2001 census era

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This paper examines the current interest in neighbourhood-based policy in England and considers the extent to which the output geography developed for the 2001 census helps to meet the need for neighbourhood-based data. The characteristics of the new census output geography are presented, and the difficulties of creating meaningful neighbourhood geographies from statistical reporting units reviewed. The new geography will provide a much improved basis for the consolidation of data from official administrative sources, but additional challenges are also discussed in relation to the future of census data collection and publication.

Keywords: England; census; data; neighbourhood; output area; policy; zone design

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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