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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics for Built Up Areas in England and Wales

Released: 28 June 2013
  • Built-up areas had a younger age structure than non built-up areas in 2011.

  • Built-up areas had a higher percentage of homes that were socially rented than non built-up areas. Households in built-up areas were more likely to have no cars or vans available to them.

  • International migrants were more common in built-up areas than in non built-up areas.

  • There were more Christians in non built-up areas than built-up areas.

  • The people in built-up areas that provided unpaid care provided more hours of care than those in non built-up areas.

The statistics in this release are a new presentation of data released as part of the Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for output areas in England and Wales that were published 30 January 2013. They provide new best fit aggregations of these statistics for built-up areas in England and Wales. The estimates are best-fitted from output areas in line with the Geography Policy for National Statistics.

Census data for built-up areas in England and Wales, previously known as urban areas, have been produced every 10 years since 1981. Built-up areas are defined as land which is ‘irreversibly urban in character’, meaning that they are characteristic of a town or city. More information about the methodology used to define built-up areas is available. More information about output areas, the best fit methodology used to aggregate output areas to higher geographies, look-up files and other geographical products are available from ONS geography.

The Key Statistics and Quick Statistics tables are available from the Nomis website.

This release also includes analysis that provides insight into the characteristics of the built-up areas in England and Wales. Information is presented across a variety of census topics, and comparisons between built-up areas of different sizes are made, as well as comparisons between built-up areas and non built-up areas.

ONS plans to release further estimates based on built-up areas later in 2013, in the form of summary tables that group built-up areas by population size, and tables that distinguish the parts of each local authority that are built-up or not built-up.

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 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 Information paper (157.6 Kb Pdf) .

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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