Links to allow you to build a profile

  • Compare another UK settlement area with any of the urban areas on this site.


UK postcodes are a shorthand way of describing a bundle of addresses – which makes sorting out the mail easier for the postal service. Geographers can find them useful too because they precisely describe a small locale, particularly in urban areas. In towns and cities a postcode covers a much smaller area than a ward and data attached to a postcode can help to overcome some of the problems encountered using ward-based data. (For example the Byker wall estate and St Peter’s are both in the Byker ward, but are clearly very different parts of Newcastle upon Tyne.) At least one postcode has been given for each area.

Brief guide to UK postcodes provided by BPH data  (a licenced Royal Mail data provider who provide enhanced UK postcode and address data sets to organisations).

Royal Mail postcode finder (quota of searches per day for personal use – currently 50)


Office of National Statistics  Data reports in a visual form

UK Official statistics Use the menu to filter what you would like listed – includes live tables on rents, house building and homelessness  Release calendar For the latest data

UK Data Explorer is a project by James Trimble which provides map-based visualisations of official data.  Includes 2011 Census maps for England (wards) and Scotland (zones).

StreetCheck Features easy to use postcode searching providing statistics for a neighbourhood.  It presents government-sourced data as easy to read charts. StreetCheck uses a variety of official government databases including Census and Land Registry data (updated monthly). They filter this data and extract the key statistics to help people who are house-hunting.  It isn’t always clear what source(s) have been used and from what date.

Scottish  Statistics   Revamped site launched February 2016. This is not particularly user friendly and Search by postcode can be frustrating.  It is easier to use the Census area search instead and you can download spreadsheets of data for your chosen output areas.

Northern Ireland – neighbourhood statistics Allows you to enter a postcode to get a profile for an area.  Clear what the data source is and the year it is for.

Nomis ward profiles Labour market profiles giving information on population characteristics and employment, plus a ward map (England & Wales). Allows you to search for a ward profile using a postcode. Wards are defined by their 2011 Census boundaries.

Disappointingly the Office of National Statistics closed the Neighbourhood Statistics service for small area data for England and Wales on 12th May 2017.

Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)  Mapped data can be found using James Trimble’s  UK data explorer

Census 2011 England & Wales – statistics and reports being released continuously.  Data explorer map for England

Guardian datablog on the 2011 Census for England and Wales

UK Local Area Easy to use and allows UK-wide searches by postcode.  Data returns more complete for England.

Historical Census data from Vision of Britain – Example: Northumberland  and

House prices

ONS statistics and reports for housing are found under people and community:

BBC: Where can I afford to live An affordability  calculator using house price and rental data for 01 March to 31 August 2015

Hometrack provide a UK price index for 20 cities including Newcastle.  Interactive chart feature allows comparison of house price trends in chosen cities and regions against a bench year.

Zoopla House prices and rents searchable by postcodes.  Gives more detailed information for free about properties for sale, area statistics and some information about neighbourhoods.

Our Property Search by postcode. Includes the latest sales from the Land Registry (England & Wales) and the Registers of Scotland, but only an average value given for free.

Right Move Properties currently on the market.

Online maps and aerial images

Bing maps Can search by postcode as well as place.  OS map option.  Offers Bird’s Eye view which is good for seeing house types.

Geograph Photographs, information and maps for every OS grid square in the UK (and Ireland).  Can search by postcode.

Google maps Again can search by postcode as well as place. Useful satellite images.  Street view feature allows you to virtually walk around an area.  Residential areas locations

Historic OS maps  The National Library of Scotland are leaders in putting historic maps online for free.  They have digitised the Ordnance Survey Six-inch England and Wales, 1842-1952 series of maps.  You can search these using a list of counties or using a graphical map

Britain from Above Lottery-funded project featuring the Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953.

Housing policy

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) JRF, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council based at Glasgow University: (official launch Autumn 2017)

Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports and press releases:

The Guardian housing page:

Page last updated 17th September 2017, not all links checked.

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