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Area classifications for Great Britain have been produced after every census since 1971, and as of the 2001 Census they have been extended to cover the whole UK.

Using socioeconomic and demographic data from each census, they aim to identify areas of the country with similar characteristics.

This information is useful to many groups including government departments, local authorities, health authorities and academics.

Possible applications include demonstrating broad geographic patterns, categorising data for further analysis, identifying similar areas for comparative studies, and providing information for marketing purposes.

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