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There are 373 Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) covering North Yorkshire. LSOAs are statistical boundaries produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). They are more consistent over time than administrative boundaries such as wards.


Although they are broadly similar in terms of population and household numbers (between 1,000 and 3,000 population and between 400 and 1,200 households) the physical size of LSOA boundaries can vary considerably. In densely populated urban areas they are relatively small, while in the sparsely populated rural areas of North Yorkshire a single LSOA may cover many square kilometres.


As they are relatively small in terms of population and household numbers the presence within an LSOA of a communal establishment such as a boarding school, care home or a military establishment can lead to considerable differences in their demographic profile. As an example, use the drop-down box on the dashboard below to select the LSOA Richmondshire 004E which covers part of Catterick Garrison and contrast it with LSOA Harrogate 002B which covers the Borrage Green area of Ripon which includes a number of care homes.


Clicking on the boxes above allows the population estimates for larger boundaries such as wards and for smaller boundaries such as parishes to be explored.