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Frequency of release: Decennial
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Output Area
Survey name(s): Census
This release contains Local Characteristics tables on Qualifications cross-tabulated with one or more topics from the census. Tables are provided for Output Areas (OA) in England and Wales. The OA is the lowest level of geography for which census estimates are produced and Local Characteristics tables provide the greatest level of detail possible for local areas.
The tables in this release build on the Detailed Characteristics tables on Qualifications, published on 19 December 2013, for Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) and for 2011 Census Merged Wards. Due to the level of detail included in Local Characteristics tables, and the lower level of geography, in order to prevent disclosure of individuals' information some classifications have been collapsed. As far as possible, comparability with Detailed Characteristics tables has been retained.
More information about OAs and other geographic areas is available from ONS Geography.
All fourteen Local Characteristics tables are available from the Nomis website. Each table can be accessed directly using the links in the reference table (35.5 Kb Excel sheet) Detailed Characteristics and Local Characteristics tables from previous releases are also available from the Nomis website.
Local Characteristics tables on Labour Market for Output Areas in England and Wales were also published on 26 February 2014.
During early 2014 ONS will release further Local Characteristics tables for OAs and further statistics for MSOAs and Census Merged Wards. These will continue to provide an even richer and more valuable data source for the many users of the census.
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.