• Information and frequently asked questions about the 2011 area classifications.

  • Access to downloadable files or external links to data forming the 2011 area classifications, including 2011 Census data, cluster membership and distance from centroids.

  • Pen portraits describe the clusters that make up the 2011 area classifications. They provide an informal view of the characteristics of each Supergroup and Group.

  • Details of the methodology and 2011 Census variables used for the 2011 area classifications.

Area classifications group together geographic areas according to important characteristics common to the population in that grouping. These groupings are called clusters and are derived using census data. The area classifications are hierarchical classifications, consisting of two tiers: Supergroups and Groups.