Towns and cities: characteristics of built-up areas, England and Wales: Census 2021

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Release date: 2 August 2023 9:30am


Analysis of characteristics of Built Up Areas (BUAs), based on the new 2021 data. The article will focus on differences in topics by size of BUA (based on population size), and will describe and contrast some towns and cities that exhibit interesting trends.



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Su Oinn, Emma Bubb and Joe Jenkins



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About the data

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This release includes data from Census 2021.

National Statistics

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  • meet identified user needs
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  • are produced based on appropriate data and methods
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