Super Output Areas (Census 2011)

Super Output Areas (SOAs) were developed by NISRA to improve the reporting of small-area statistics.


A set of slightly revised Super Output Areas (SOAs) were created for Census 2011 outputs. Details on what changes were made are included in the SOA Background Paper.

Look-up tables and guidance documents

Super Output Areas (SOAs) do not nest within the 11 Local Government Districts (LGD2014); however, a best-fit look-up table and guidance document have been created.

An additional look-up table (ODS, 351 KB) identifies the geographies (Wards, LGD1992, and Parliamentary Constituencies) within which a particular Super Output Area, Small Area, or Output Area is found.

Super Output Area boundaries in GIS format

Users are able to download Super Output Area digital boundaries in a number of formats:

  • ESRI Shapefile
  • MapInfo

Super Output Area attribute table

Attribute Description
SOA_Label SOA labelling convention
SOA_Code SOA coding convention

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Census 2011 Super Output Area

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