Getting started on Leeds Observatory

Click on the map on the homepage for a quick ward profile showing data from different themes.

Themed profiles can be found by clicking on one of the icons on the homepage, or under the Themes menu. The Overview is Leeds level data. For smaller geographical areas, click on ‘Profiles (local areas)’ and choose a geography.

Understanding the geographies

Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs)
LSOAs are small areas designed to be of a similar population size, with an average of approximately 1,500 residents or 650 households. They were produced by the Office for National Statistics for the reporting of small area statistics and are a standard way of dividing up the country. For ease of communication, LSOAs are sometimes referred to as ‘neighbourhoods’ or ‘small areas’.
There are 482 LSOAs in Leeds.

Click here for a map of LSOAs in Leeds with their population.

Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs)
MSOAs are built from groups of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs). They have an average of approximately 7,500 residents and 3,500 households.
There are 107 MSOAs in Leeds.

Other geographies
Geographies such as Community Committees, Children’s Clusters and Children’s Centre Reach Areas are based on the way the council organises itself. Contact us for more information on these areas.

How to use interactive maps

This guide explains how to use the interactive maps to change the look and drill down in to more specific data. Use the buttons on the map as explained here.

Data – Use this button to change the data and drill down to obtain a more specific theme
Layers – This will let you switch between wards, LSOA, MSOA, regions and other boundary types
Classify – This changes the way the results are ordered on the map, which will change the colours. For example high to low, standard deviation or quantile
Table – This will show the raw data that sits behind the map
Legend – Click this for a detailed explanation of the colour grading on the map
Print – Save the map as a PDF or an image