Social Classification

Cambridgeshire Atlas

The Social Mobility Index compares the chances that a child from a disadvantaged background will do well at school and get a good job across each of the 324 local authority district areas of England. It examines a 16 indicators, which cover a range of measures of the educational outcomes achieved by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and the local job and housing markets to shed light on which are the best and worst places in England in terms of the opportunities young people from poorer backgrounds have to succeed.

Screenshot of Social Mobility Index Atlas

The Output Area Classification (OAC) is a geodemographic tool offering socio-demographic data for local neighbourhoods. OAC uses key results from the Census to develop the classifications at an output area level.

The 2011 OAC interactive atlas stems from the 2011 Census. It makes use of 62 key variables to develop its ‘classifications’,

Cambridgeshire Atlas | Output Area Classification (OAC) 2011

The 2001 OAC interactive atlas, stemming from the 2001 Census, used 41 variables to develop its 'classifications.

The Cambridgeshire Atlas | Living Costs and Food Survey presents data from the 2008 Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF), formerly known as the Expenditure and Food Survey. Data from future surveys is being analysed and this Atlas will be updated to include this data.

The Place Survey is a national survey that has been carried out by most local authorities across the country. It asks questions on the quality of life in local areas; focusing on issues such as community safety, local services, inclusion, and environment.The Cambridgeshire Atlas | The Place Survey 2008 shows data at a ward level across the county. It includes all 18 of the national indicators measured in the Place Survey.

The 2011 rural-urban classification was released in August 2013. It is a revised version of the classification produced after the 2001 Census, but with additional detail in the urban domain. The product was sponsored by a cross-Government working group comprising Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of the Communities and Local Government, Office for National Statistics and the Welsh Government.