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Census data reporting and mapping with InstantAtlas


Many users with different technical abilities are using Census data to ensure local services are being commissioned in the most cost-effective way. That means Census data mapping requires software that is straightforward to work with and at the same time produces reports that are easy to understand.


InstantAtlas is now being used by a number of organisations in the UK to present Census data in a visual format. Many have already updated their websites to include the first release of the 2011 Census data which was recently made available online and in tables through the Office for National Statistics.


The examples below highlight how InstantAtlas can be used for Census reporting and the different ways that census mapping has been approached. Each has its merits and the websites are all proving popular with users who can find and interpret the information they need quickly.



Customer Demos

Cambridgeshire County Council

Greater London Authority

Census 2011 | Population and Household Overview (District & County)

First Release of Census Data (2011)

Cambridgeshire-Census-2011-Atlas London-census-report-in-absolute-numbers

Template Type - Flash - Single Map


Template Type - Single Map


( Pop. change in absolute numbers) & ( Pop. change in percentage terms)



The Research Group at Cambridgeshire County Council has created a number of interactive atlases that combine local data with the social classification tool Output Area Classification (OAC). These have added insight into local areas across the county and provided a fresh approach for interrogating data that is held on resident populations. The interactive maps use various datasets and have been combined with OAC to offer insight into local communities. Gurjeet Rajania, Senior Research Officer: Consultation and Customer Knowledge and Hendrik Grothuis LIP Project Manager, have now just released their most comprehensive atlas to date; the Ward Profile Atlas. This includes a wide range of socio-economic and demographic indicators to develop a fuller picture of issues affecting local areas in Cambridgeshire.


The Greater London Authority (GLA) is a strategic authority with a London-wide role to design a better future for the capital. It supports the work of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly in representing the interests of Londoners.


The GLA was formally established in 2000 and its three main areas of responsibility are: economic development and wealth creation; social development and environmental improvement. The GLA Intelligence Unit is relatively new and comprises a number of departments that were previously separate but now work together as a single unit. These are: DMAG (data management and analysis group); GLA Economics; Information Services Team (library) and Consultations Team (primary survey, research and opinion data).




All-Island Regional Research Observatory (AIRO)

Single Map Report showing the take up of online surveys for the 2011 ONS census | LowerLevel Super Output Area

Regional Authority Census Modules (2011)





InfoTrafford, the website designed to open up local data to a wide range of users, now has a dedicated resource for anyone looking to analyse the first population estimates released by the Office for National Statistics. The Census 2011 section includes an interactive online map as well as tables and a Population Pyramid. InfoTrafford is planning to follow the next major data release with a range of 'Key and Quick Statistics', together with 'Local Characteristics' in March 2013 and 'Detailed Characteristics, Theme and Armed Forces' released from July 2013.



The AIRO Census Mapping section provides users with detailed mapping tools focused on census information from both the Republic of Ireland (CSO) and Northern Ireland (NISRA). Data is generally mapped at the most detailed spatial scale; Electoral Divisions (EDs) and Small Areas (SAs) for the Republic of Ireland and Wards and Output Areas (OAs) for Northern Ireland. Mapping tools are available using InstantAtlas templates for the local level (Local Partnerships, Local Authorities) and regional level (Regional Authorities).




Report Demos

Single Map - Population Pyramid with UK Census Data 2011

Single Map - UK Census Report (HTML5)


*Double Map Time Series - England and Wales - Population Change (Flash)

*Double Map Times Series - England and Wales - Population Density (Flash)



Above are demo reports we produced following the recent release of data from the UK 2011 Census data. Users are able to access the data visualisations in one of two ways. Either you can use a Flash-based version which enables you to see the data in the form of a population pyramid (a configuration of the single map template), or for tablet users the Census data can be viewed in the Single Map HTML5 version. *Currently Double Map Time Series reports are only available in Flash-based version.


Customer Demos

  • The first release of 2011 Census data (Population and household estimates for England and Wales) was issued on 16th July 2012
  • This data will be made available via the ONS, NeSS and NOMIS websites.
  • ONS are currently going through a re-planning exercise on the API and should know more in October. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.




Last updated 18/09/2012



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