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Map explorer

Use interactive mapping to view data and explore how it’s distributed for your area of interest.

How to use

  • Select a theme: choose from one of seven specific data themes, such as crime, economy or housing.   
  • Select data set: use the ‘Data’ icon to choose a specific data set and area type for which the data will be displayed on the map – which will then automatically update.  The map is interactive, allowing you to navigate to desired locations.
  • Optional extra views: you can display additional geographic boundaries via ‘Layers’ and adjust the data range classification via ‘Classify’, in addition to other options accessible via the icons on the left side of the map – these allow you to view the specified data in a table and print the final map as a PDF.
  • What do the map tools do?

    Find out more about how to use the map explorer, and what each of the tools do.


    The data option allows you to change the data and area level being displayed on the map. You can browse through theme related indicators and access indicator-level metadata.


    The layers option allows you to toggle on and off contextual map boundaries, for example you may wish to see the lower-tier local authority boundaries overlaid on top of a map of ward-level data to add extra context. The basemap option allows you to change the underlying map detail behind your data, for example you may wish to visualise the thematic map data on top of a street-level or topographic map.


    The classify option allows you to select different data classification methods. The selected classification method will determine how the data ranges are calculated and how the colours are displayed on the map.


    The table option provides a tabular view of the indicator data values being displayed on the map by area. The table interacts with the map and you can zoom to an area by clicking on the area name. Data can be exported as a .csv file by clicking on the download option at the bottom of the table view.


    The legend details what's being displayed on the map and how. It indicates what data ranges the colour shadings relate to, plus what data indicator, area level and contextual layers are being displayed and how the colours relate.


    The print option allows you to export the map, choosing from an array of pre-defined layouts and formats. The generated outputs can be saved or printed. You must use the following copyright statements when you reproduce or use the maps:

    • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
    • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
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