Census Profiler Update – Safer Neighbourhood Areas Added

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Due to a number of requests from users, we have made some more adjustments to our excel-based 2011 Census small area profiling tool and added in the geography of Safer Neighbourhood Areas (as well as Children’s Centre areas a few months ago). 

This tool allows you to generate your own 2011 Census profiles bringing together themes such as population, housing, ethnic background, religion, heath, education and employment at a number of different Warwickshire geographies including:

    • ONS geographies: Output Area, Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) and Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
    • Wards
    • Localities
    • Electoral Divisions
    • Parishes
    • Children’s Centre Areas
    • Safer Neighbourhood Areas
    • District/Boroughs
    • Warwickshire
    • National & West Midlands Region comparators

The updated Census Profiler tool can be accessed using the link below:

2011 Census Small Area Profiler (June 2014)

NB: Please be aware this is a large file so it will take a few minutes to download.

In the news – Warwickshire’s Quality of Life 2013/14 report


Following the publication of Warwickshire’s Quality of Life report earlier this week, find out more information on the report by watching the following video:

Also the report featured on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Breakfast Show on Thursday 7th November.  Three of WCC’s Members, Cllr Cockburn, Cllr Tandy and Cllr Gifford also discussed how the report would impact on the political landscape and influence decisions made across the county.

If you want to listen to the breakfast show, it’s available on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s website.

(Andy Davis, the Warwickshire Observatory’s manager talks about the report around 5 minutes 40 seconds and WCC’s three elected Members discuss some of the issues raised at around 1 hour 7 minutes)

Alternatively, listen to the below Audioboo which focuses on Andy discussing the report:


Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report published

Quality of Life

Today the team is publishing our annual Quality of Life in Warwickshire report, which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.

The need for this type of material is more important than ever, as increasingly limited resources need to be deployed in transparent, evidence-led ways. The Quality of Life in Warwickshire report continues to provide local decision makers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors with that evidence base so that improving the lives of all of Warwickshire’s residents remains our collective priority.

New in this year’s report is the inclusion of 2011 Census data across a number of the themes, resulting in several new indicators. Our 2011 Census prospectus gives further details of the team’s work in this area.

As in previous reports, we’ve started each section with a ‘data visualisation’, designed to stimulate your interest and make the statistics more engaging. We’ve also continued with the Interactive Maps in this year’s report. This provides users with a tool for viewing and analysing many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level.

To find out more please click on the link below to download the report:

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report (6.8 MB)

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Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2012/13 Annual Report Published…..

Today Warwickshire Observatory publishes the annual Quality of Life report which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.  Some of the issues are easier to influence than others, but the purpose of the report is to provide decision makers with the analysis they need to make more informed choices, and to give all staff in the council a better understanding of the communities that we serve in Warwickshire.

We are always looking at ways to improve the Quality of Life Report and the main innovation this year has been to provide a tool to view and analyse many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level. Throughout the report, you will see the ‘Interactive Map’ icon,  which allows you to examine local data on particular themes through our Instant Atlas tool. This feature also allows downloading of the raw data for each indicator so that you can carry out your own analysis, should you wish to.

This year we have seen some interesting changes, for example where trends may now have reached a turning point and are starting to shift, and where there is little evidence to suggest that inequalities are shrinking.

To find out more please click on the link below to be taken to the report.

2012-13 Quality of Life Report

Any feedback you have can be made through the comments section of our Blog or via Twitter (@WarksObs).

First release of 2011 Census data

Today sees the first release by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of data from the 2011 Census. Information from the 2011 Census is being released in four stages and this first release contains data relating to population and household estimates down to local authority level.

The data from the first release is available on the ONS website here.

Please note that some figures in this post have been revised following advice from ONS. This includes a revised total for Warwickshire’s 2011 Census population. Data in the briefing note has also been revised accordingly.

An early look at the data for Warwickshire reveals that

  • Warwickshire’s population now stands at 545,500. This is an increase of  7.8% since 2001. This is roughly in line with the increase nationally which was 7.1%
  • Warwickshire now has around 20,000 more households than it did in 2001
  • Population growth has not been uniform across the county. Population growth in North Warwickshire has been lowest at 0.3% while Rugby and Warwick have seen increases of 14.4% and 9.1% respectively.  Stratford-on-Avon has experienced population growth broadly in line of that for Warwickshire as a whole while Nuneaton & Bedworth’s population grew below this rate at 5.1%
  • The population of those aged 65+ has risen to 99,400, an increase of just more than 20% since 2001. The population aged 65+ now makes up just over 18% of the total population compared with around just over 16% in 2001, pointing to Warwickshire’s growing and ageing population.
  • The response rate for the 2011 Census in Warwickshire was 96% which exceeded the Government’s national and local government targets.

The Observatory have produced a more detailed 2011 Census Briefing Note which highlights further key messages from the data.

The second release of data is planned for November 2012. This release will provide data at much smaller geographical areas and will give more detailed characteristics about households in Warwickshire. It is expected there will be considerable interest in this release by many groups within the county council and partner organisations.

The Observatory will be consulting with potential users of the data shortly to ensure we are delivering the sort of analysis required by users. Any early comments on this are welcomed to the Observatory’s email: research@warwickshire.gov.uk. The Observatory will produce a local prospectus of our plans for the more detailed 2011 Census data later this year.

(Not) Flying the nest

More and more young adults in Warwickshire are living with their parents throughout their 20s.  Across the UK, the total number of people aged 20 – 34 living with their parents grew by almost one fifth between 1997 and 2011, and now stands at almost three million. 

Locally, around 21,000 people aged 20 – 34 in Warwickshire still live with their parents.  This represents approximately 21% of that age group, slightly lower than the national average of 24%.  However, there is significant variation across parts of Warwickshire.  In North Warwickshire, 38% of young people still live with their parents.  Rugby and Nuneaton & Bedworth both have 25% living at home.  In Stratford-on-Avon the figure falls to 17% whilst in Warwick the percentage is much lower at 12%.  In fact, Warwick has the 14th lowest figure out of 378 local authority areas across England, Wales and Scotland.

The Warwick figure is likely to be heavily influenced by the student population, with many university students in their young 20s living in Leamington Spa.  Many university towns feature among the lowest percentages, including Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton and Nottingham. 

In some parts of Britain the percentage of young people living at home rises as high as 56% (Adur in West Sussex and Derbyshire Dales). Click on the graphic below to see more detail.

The Observatory is currently preparing a discussion paper on the state of the local housing market.  As part of that paper we will see that the relatively low levels of new houses being built in recent years will combine with the difficulty in obtaining a mortage for first time buyers to add further upwards pressure on these figures. 

A more detailed analysis of the national picture is available through this YouTube video published by the Office for National Statistics.

Briefing Note – Quality of Life Feedback 2011/12

We have compiled a briefing note highlighting the feedback received on the Quality of Life 2011/12 document.

The overall satisfaction of the 2011/12 report was 98%, where respondents were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied. The highest areas of satisfaction for respondents were around the design and presentation of the report (98%) and the structure (98%).

A link to the briefing note can be found below…..

Briefing Note – Quality of Life Feedback 2011-12