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London Output Area Classification


The ability to understand the characteristics of an area and its population is crucial to decision making.

At a time of constrained finances across all sectors of service delivery, getting resource allocation right is of paramount importance. Of equal concern are the costs associated with acquiring the evidence needed to make those informed decisions. This is where the newly launched London Output Area Classification (LOAC) comes into its own.

As an open source geospatial classification, the LOAC uses a combination of over 60 Census variables to classify every single small area in London within a hierarchical structure.

The potential uses of this dataset are myriad, from finding similar areas across London in order to compare performance of key services and share best practice, to private sector profiling of areas for potential investment and third sector targeting of resources to maximum effect – the possibilities are endless.

In order to help users get the most from LOAC, users can profile their area, compare areas, find where similar areas are across London.

Use for following map features to analyse the map data -

  • Select feature - select any polygon to quickly view the information associated to a feature
  • Measure Area - zoom to any polygon on the map and use measure area tool to measure the size of the area in meters square
  • Draw Radius - Place a buffer on a specific point to quickly visualise all related features from you defined distance in either miles or kilometers from your buffer point
  • Browse Features - using browse features tools, quickly search your map data and view the feature information of a specific location

This map was created using open data from the London Datastore and has been visualised using the OSM, Transport Dark baselayer.

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