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Census Support: Flow Data

Flow Data is part of UK Data Service Census Support, providing data and user support for anyone interested in using flow data from the Census.

Census flow data (also referred to as interaction data) relate to the movement of people between places. These can be regular short distance moves such as the daily commute to work, or less frequent - and sometimes longer distance - moves such as migration to a new home or an extended stay in a second address.

Flow data differ from other Census data in that they link two locations - an origin and a destination. With two geographies, flow datasets can be much larger than other Census data products.

News

News Workshop: Accessing census aggregate and flow data 2017-11-02

This half-day workshop will focus on both the aggregate and flow outputs from recent censuses.

Aggregate data provide area counts, usually of individuals or households with particular characteristics. Flow data is a special type of data about flows between an origin and destination; examples include migration data, commuting data, movements associated with a second residence or journeys to school.

Detailed information and bookings

Location: University College London
Date: 7 December 2017

Getting the data

There are three principal ways of getting to the data. In order to use most of the data sets, it is necessary to be registered.

WICID WICID - the flexible query builder
WICID WICID Downloads - flow data tables ready to be downloaded
WICID WICID Flow Summaries - a quick summary of the most significant flows associated with a chosen area

New data for un-registered users

About the data

Currently migration and commuting data from the 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 Censuses are available through WICID. Additional non-census datasets are also available from the system.