Flow Data – UK Data Service Census Support

Flow Data is part of UK Data Service Census Support, providing data and user support for anyone interesting in using flow data from the UK Census. Census flow data (also referred to as interaction data) relate to the movement of people between places. These can be regular short distance moves such as the daily commute to work, or less frequent - and sometimes longer distance - moves such as migration to a new home or an extended stay in a second address.

Flow data differ from other Census data in that they link two locations: an origin and a destination. With two geographies, flow datasets can be much larger than other Census data products. Flow data tell us not only where individuals are moving and commuting from and to, but also some of the characteristics of these people. It can therefore give insight in matters such as the movement propensities of different ethnic, age, gender, socio-economic, and family status groups in the UK.

On this website it is possible to select data for a range of different origin and destination geographies for any areas in the UK. In August 2015 migration and commuting data from the 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011 Censuses were available on this website. There were also additional non-census datasets, such as a time-series of post-2001 migration flows derived from NHS patient registers. In order to use most of the data sets, it is necessary to be registered.

This project is supported by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council. The data are provided by the Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

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Monday, 14 December 2015 - 4:57pm
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