ONS releases small area income estimates

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data on household income levels at the local level via their website, along with a useful mapping tool to help visualise the dataset.

The data, for 2007/08, provides estimates of the income a household receives from wages and salaries, self-employment, benefits, pensions, plus any other sources of income. These estimates are produced at Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) level; we have 66 of these in Warwickshire.

For more background information, click here.  For access to the mapping tool (where, for example, you can type in a postcode and find estimates for that area), click here

The Observatory would draw your attention to a couple of health warnings with this data.  Firstly, it is important to note that this is modelled, not actual, data and broadly reflects patterns already observed in the income element of the Indices of Deprivation.  Secondly, the figures are averages and run the risk of masking significant variations even within a local area.  Perhaps the next development will be for the ONS to generate estimates of the percentage of households earning low incomes in a given area?

Bearing these caveats in mind, the dataset is a welcome addition and worth further conisderation.  We have downloaded the raw data for Warwickshire here – what can you do with it?

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