Output Area 2011

The smallest Census Area used, NRS created Output Areas (OAs) for the 2011 Census to allow comparability with OAs for the 2001 Census. The OAs were created as groups of postcodes nesting as well as possible into the following areas: Council Area (CA), and 2010 locality.

Any area for which Census output is produced is the aggregation of Output Areas (OAs) that approximate best to the area.

SNS Data Zone 2001

Datazones are the core geography for dissemination of results from Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS). The data zone geography covers the whole of Scotland and nests within local authority boundaries (as they were in 2001).

Datazones are groups of 2001 Census output areas which have populations of between 500 and 1,000 household residents.

Detailed Characteristic (DC) Postcode Sector

A DC sector is one of 2 special postcode sectors created for 2011 Census Output.

In order to release more in-depth census information, DC sectors have been created with a minimum threshold of 400 households and 1,000 persons. Any Local Characteristic (LC) sector that failed to meet the thresholds was merged with its smallest adjacent neighbours(s) within the same council area until the DC sector requirements were satisfied.

Local Characteristic (LC) Postcode Sector

A LC sector was one of 2 special postcode sectors created for 2011 Census Output.

A postcode sector comprises all the unit postcodes that have the same identifier except for the last two characters. Special postcode sectors are created for census output to ensure sectors conform to a minimum threshold and do not cross Council Area boundaries. LC sectors have a minimum threshold of 20 households and 50 persons, the same minimum threshold as Census Output Areas.

Postcode Sector

Census data is not available for postcode sectors because their boundaries do not follow council area boundaries. Therefore, census-specific postcode sectors are created for census output to ensure that the sectors conform to a minimum threshold and also do not cross council area boundaries.

National Park 2010

National parks are designed to conserve the natural beauty and cultural heritage of areas of outstanding landscape value, and to promote public understanding and enjoyment of these areas. There are two national parks in Scotland: The Cairngorms national park and Loch Lomond & The Trossochs national park.

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