A member of the West Midlands Regional Data and Intelligence Network has raised a query with us about local names for Middle Layer Super Output Areas or MSOAs (find an explanation of what super output areas are below).
Each MSOA is identified by a nine character code (for example E02000001). The Office for National Statistics gave all Local Authorities the opportunity to provide “local names” to give local meaning to these MSOA codes, examples of which you will find in this document (XLS, 852KB).
From the West Midlands, only Walsall, Sandwell and Shropshire have provided these local names. Can anyone shed light on the others?
I’m looking for approved names that are in use by Local Authorities. Please email me if you can help – I’ll post updates here.
Explanation of super output areas
There are three layers of SOAs (i.e. three different but related geography boundaries). These are:
- Lower Layer: Minimum population 1,000, mean population 1,500. Built from groups of Output Areas. Commonly known as Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA).There are 34,378 LSOAs in England and Wales.
- Middle Layer: Minimum population 5,000, mean population 7,200. Built from Lower Layer SOAs. Commonly known as Middle Layer Super Output Area and abbreviated to MSOA. There are 7,193 MSOAs in England and Wales.
- Upper Layer: Commonly known as Upper Layer Super Output Area (USOA).
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