Support #959

Neighbourhood data

Added by Theodora Kokosi about 6 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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Dear all,

I would like to ask whether there are any neighbourhood data available apart from the self-reported questions in the Local Neighbourhood Module in waves 3 & 6.

For example, perhaps any linked data with the Understanding society with regards to IMD (Index of Multiple Deprivation) or something similar?

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,


Updated by Stephanie Auty about 6 years ago

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Updated by Gundi Knies about 6 years ago

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Dear Dora,
we do indeed have plenty of other information about neighbourhoods! We also collect information about neighbourhood cohesion in the self-completion questionnaires in wave 1 and 2, and about the use of local facilities (in wave 2 and 4) and we have linked a number of neighbourhood classifications: the ACORN typology and Output Area classifications. The paper "Exploring the Value of Understanding Society for Neighbourhood Effects Analyses" (see describes and compares these in detail. Moreover, the geographical accessibility data file includes more than 600 longitudinally harmonised LSOA 2001 characteristics from the DfT's Accessibility Statistics(for waves 1-3 only).

Additionally, we provide numerous look-up files which contain the official geographical identifiers used in official statistics alongside each enumerated household's wave-specific _hidp. This gives analysts the greatest possible flexibility over which local context variables they want to merge with the survey data.

The complete list of which linked data/ geographical identifiers are available is on our data linkage page:

Regarding Indices of Multiple Deprivation, the ONS provides these for a number of different years and at the LSOA 2001 or LSOA 2010 levels. You need to decide which one you want to use and apply for the appropriate data file (clicking on the respective links on our data linkage site will take you directly to the shopping basket for the data file and the UKDS will assist you with the application). If you want to use both geographies you need to apply for Secure Data Access as using information from different census geographies means the data are too sensitive for special licence use.

Our online training courses also include a worked example about how to link your own local data at the LSOA level.

Best wishes,


Updated by Theodora Kokosi almost 6 years ago

Dear Gundi,

Thank you very much for your reply. This is really helpful.

Best wishes,


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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