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Area Classifications

A range of area classifications are produced by official sources in order to understand the socioeconomic make up of an area. These are available at a small area level, providing important contextual information about these neighbourhoods.

A selection of the most widely used area classifications are included below.

2011 Output Area Classification

The 2011 Area Classification for Output Areas categorises all UK output areas based on 2011 Census data on a wide range of socioeconomic and demographic topics. They aim to identify parts of the UK with similar characteristics using a defined set of supergroups, groups and subgroups.

The 2011 Area Classification data for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is summarised in the following interactive dashboard:

The 2011 Output Area Classification was released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in August 2014. The data updates the classification produced for the 2001 Census.

2011 Rural Urban Classification

The 2011 Rural-Urban Classification (RUC2011) allows for a consistent analysis of datasets by rural/urban areas. A suite of classifications has been produced for use at a variety of geographic levels. RUC2011 is a revised version of the classification produced after the 2001 Census. It was created by the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield on behalf of a government working group.

RUC2011 of lower layer super output areas (LSOAs) is built up from the OA level classification, with assignment to urban or rural classification made by reference to the category to which the majority of their constituent OAs is assigned.

The 2011 Rural Urban Classification data for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is summarised in the following interactive dashboard:

The 2011 Urban Rural Classification was released by the Office for National Statistics in October 2013. The data updates the classification produced for the 2001 Census.

2015 Indices of Deprivation

The English Indices of Deprivation 2015 are based on 37 separate indicators, organised across seven distinct domains of deprivation which are combined, using appropriate weights, to calculate the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD 2015). This is an overall measure of multiple deprivation experienced by people living in an area and is calculated for every Lower layer Super Output Area (LSOA) in England. Every LSOA in England is ranked according to its level of deprivation relative to that of other areas.

The results of the ID2015 for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are summarised in the following interactive dashboard:

The Indices of Deprivation are released periodically by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The latest update of the indices was released in September 2015, updating the 2010 indices.