Geography Fieldwork

GCSE

Secondary data

3. Secondary data

Census data

The UK Census provides a wealth of secondary data. Household spaces with no usual residents may suggest dereliction, health, economic activity and employment statistics may all be useful measures.

DataShine is a useful wesite for accessing and visualising census data.

Example of mapped 2011 census data in Shrewsbury by OpenStreetMap contributors / Open Database Licence.

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) provides access to a range of data sets including IMD, some Census statistics and also a collection of other data sets about Urban places including house prices, travel to work, dwelling age, industry of employment. All of these are useful when investigating quality of life.

Geodemographic data for Keighley, West Yorkshire by CDRC / Contains National Statistics & Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright & database right 2014-5.
Median house price in Keighley, West Yorkshire by CDRC / Contains National Statistics & Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright & database right 2014-5.

Crime data

The police.uk website allows you to search crime statistics for any area of the UK – either by postcode search, or you can define your own search area.

Raw data from Police.uk website.
Raw data from Police.uk website. Crime map for Keighley by Police.uk / Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

You can download a spreadsheet of crimes which can be added to GIS by dragging and dropping the spreadsheet onto a map – allowing you to map crime hotspots.

Crime data plotted on a heat map for Keighley, West Yorkshire by Esri, DigitalGlobe & Microsoft.

The police.uk website allows you to search crime statistics for any area of the UK – either by postcode search, or you can define your own search area. You can download a spreadsheet of crimes which can be added to ArcGIS Online by dragging and dropping the spreadsheet onto a map – allowing you to map crime hotspots. The UK Census provides a wealth of secondary data to support investigations such as this, when selecting appropriate Census data, it is worth considering which statistics will be useful in identifying changes within the inner urban area. The DataShine website is a useful site for accessing and visualising census data. The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) provides access to a range of data sets including IMD, some Census statistics and also a collection of other data sets about Urban places including house prices, travel to work, dwelling age, industry of employment.