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Levels of geography

The hierarchy of geographic levels

The diagram below shows, in hierarchical fashion, the main geographic levels in the UK, together with how many there are of each.  The boxes are highlighted in yellow are those that are mainly used in this website.

Note that:

The general approach to the presentation of geographic data on this website is as follows:

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Data availability

In broad terms:

Section Dataset Level of data Relevance to this website
LSOA? Ward? MSOA? Relevant? Regularly updated? Complete?
Access to Services Combined Road Distance to Services Indicator yes no yes No    
Dental Surgeries yes yes yes No    
Early Years and Nurseries yes yes yes No    
Educational Establishments yes yes yes No    
General Practices / Surgeries yes yes yes No    
Legal Help and Help at Court Claimants yes no yes No    
Opticians yes yes yes No    
Pharmacies yes yes yes No    
Primary Schools yes yes yes No    
Publicly Funded Legal Services yes yes yes No    
Vehicle Licence Data no yes no No    
Crime and Safety Fire and Rescue Service: All Incidents Attended no no yes No    
Fire and Rescue Service: Fires Attended yes no yes No    
Economic DeprivationCounty Court Judgments - Personal Consumer Debt no no yes Partial No (latest data is for 2004) 8% of MSOAs have no data
Education, Skills and Training Combined National Curriculum Assessments (Key Stages 2, 3 & 4) yes no yes Yes No (latest data is for 2003) Yes
Further Education Success, Retention and Achievement Rates yes no yes Partial No (latest data is 2003/04) Yes
GCSE and Equivalent Results for Young People yes no yes Yes Yes 57% of LSOAs and 16% of MSOAs have no data
Home Student Enrolments on Higher Education Courses at Publicly Funded Higher Education Institutions no yes no No    
National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 1 yes no yes Partial Yes 56% of LSOAs and 10% of MSOAs have no data
National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 yes no yes Yes Yes 52% of LSOAs and 5% of MSOAs have no data
National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 3 yes no yes Partial Yes 42% of LSOAs and 2% of MSOAs have no data
Pupil Absence in Schools in England no no yes No    
Secondary School Absence yes no yes No    
Health and Care Emergency Admissions to Hospital Indicator yes no yes No    
Years of Potential Life Lost Indicator yes no yes Yes No (latest data is for 2003) Yes
Conceptions - Under 18's no yes no Partial No (latest data is for 2003) 8% of MSOAs have no data
Housing Changes of Ownership by Dwelling Price no no yes Partial Yes Yes
Dwelling Stock by Council Tax Band yes no yes No    
Vacant Dwellings no yes no No    
Physical Environment Air Emissions no no yes No    
Air Quality Management Areas no no yes No    
Ambient Air Quality no no yes No    
Commercial and Industrial Floorspace and Rateable Value Statistics no no yes No    
Land Use Statistics (Generalised Land Use) yes no yes No    
Land Use Statistics (Previously-Developed Land) yes no yes No    
Work Deprivation New Deal Programme no no yes Partial Yes Yes
VAT Based Enterprises no no yes No    
VAT Based Local Units no no yes No    

Note that these datasets only cover England, whereas the benefits data is available for the whole of Great Britain and the Census data is available for the whole of the United Kingdom.

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