UK Census 2011 data released See the data…

UK Census 2011 data released – See the data in InstantAtlas reports!

The InstantAtlas support team has produced two reports following the recent release of data from the 2011 Census data. Users are able to access the data visualisations in one of two ways. Either you can use a Flash-based version which enables you to see the data in the form of a population pyramid (a configuration of the single map template), or for tablet users the Census data can be viewed in the Single Map HTML5 version.

Select an option below:

Single Map with Population Pyramid
Flash-based version
(Census Report for England, Wales 2011)

View report here –

Single Map
HTML5 version
(Census Report for England, Wales 2011)

View report here –

4 thoughts on “UK Census 2011 data released See the data…

  1. Not bad, though it does show the population pyramid in a poor light. The fact that in many cases the scales on the x axis for males and females are different make it pointless to use as a visualisation as you’re not comparing like for like.

    • Adrian

      Thank you for your comment, we appreciate at the moment the Population Pyramid visualisation can be improved by automatically setting the X-axis scale per selection. However, at the moment that functionality is not available and in order to load in all the 2011 census data the X-axis for Male and Female is ‘floating’, the work around is to fix the scale within the configuration file. The issue with that however, is when there are large variations within the data set (e.g. Birmingham and City of London) at which point this is not really a workable option.

      However, we still feel that the visualisation of the individual Male or Female 2011 Census data per selection is valid and interesting, as it visualises the age distributions per sex within each Local Authority.

      Therefore, when data sets are within an acceptable range of values, a fixed axis is available but when a dataset contains large variations, having the ability to automate the scale would be the ideal option…functionality we are keen to implement.


      Richard McMahon
      User Support Team

  2. Personally I don’t really agree that it’s valid when the scales are different. The point of visualisation is to make the data easier to understand and see patterns etc… Presenting a comparison like that just obfuscates the truth behind the data.

    I appreciate it’s a tool with some limitations, but for these reasons it’s not something I could consider using at present. Though as far as I am aware, it doesn’t work with IAS anyway.

    • Yes, the different scales are a problem and we will look to address this in our next release. In the meantime you can fix the scale using the config file as Richard suggests. If you want to use the pyramid chart in IAS please log a support case and we can look into this for you. Kind regards.

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