Geodemographic Data

Geodemographic data attempts to classify every postcode into one of around just 50 classifications. These are then used by marketing people to target goods and services and by others to site out of town shopping centres, or supermarkets. It is also used in credit scorecards to give a measure of risk, especially if other information is not available from anywhere else. The impact of geodemographic data on your Credit Score is relatively small compared to other things, such as your age or your residential status.

When putting together geodemographic data, statisticians use census based information, together with information derived from consumer questionnaires (for example, the ones that offer shopping vouchers in return), and data from Credit Reference Agencies. The full census only happens once every 10 years and consumers are increasingly giving less accurate responses to questionnaires, so it is inevitable that some postcodes will be classified incorrectly because of out of date census information or poor quality responses from questionnaires.

We think it's very important that this data should be easy to access and interpret, so that if there is any error or anomaly, this can be passed back to the people who own the data, so that the classification can be re-evaluated.

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It's important to remember the limitations of trying to describe every area in the UK within the constraints of just 50 types. The general description is usually correct, but some of the detail may be very different.

Remember, we don't own the data so we can't amend it ourselves, but we can feed information back to the people who can.


Cameo™ is owned by Eurodirect Marketing and is one of a handful of geodemographic databases that are commercially available in the UK. Another is Censation, which you can compare directly on checkmyfile.

Cameo™ classes every postcode into one of around 50 postcode classifications, which in turn are based on information from many sources including insolvency and court information, questionnaires and census data. Geodemographic data can often be one of the components of the calculation of some Credit Scores, can dictate the amount and type of junk mail you receive and is also used by retail stores and supermarkets to help locate new shops in areas mostly likely to suit their customers.

Please note that the same postcode can be classified quite differently by different geodemographic companies.


Censation™, owned by AFD Software, classifies every UK postcode using the latest and most comprehensive data about where people live, how affluent or deprived they are and what 'life stage' they are in. Information about housing, employment, qualifications - over 600 variables from the latest UK Census - are analysed together with residential and commercial data and then validated further using a life-style database.

There are several similar databases. You can compare how this postcode is rated in the Cameo database. Please note that classifications can and do differ on different databases.

Postcode Classifications

There are around 50 or so 'model' classifications for all postcodes in the UK. They are a general view of various aspects of a postcode, and rarely do all parts of the description of a postcode classification match every aspect of the actual postcode itself.

Because they are generalisations, they help marketing people to identify postcode areas that contain people with similar, but not exact, lifestyles across the UK.

House Prices

House price data is taken from HM Land Registry and reflects the actual prices paid, rather than the advertised sale prices. Don't forget that average prices can vary depending on the mix of type of houses sold in any year.

Your Region Compared To The UK

When comparing prices, don't forget that the UK figure is calculated from hundreds of thousands of prices, so is much more reliable than the average price for your region, which is usually based on data from a small handful of house transactions.



Wealth & Credit Risk Indicators

Compare how the two geodemographic database providers Cameo and Censation describe properties and their residents in LU5 5RG. This information is based on the postcode classification, so may not be representative of the actual mix of properties in this postcode.



Number of directors

Significantly below average

Not Provided

Income levels

Below average

Some £10K to £30K

Average age

Average, Below average

25 - 34

Credit card ownership


Not Provided

Credit Risk

Very High

Not Provided

Unemployment level/ employment status

Very High

Many Part-time or Self Employed

Social group

Provincial Pressure

Home Builders

Employment type

Not Provided

Some process support staff

Typical employer

Not Provided

Many manufacturing


Not Provided


Holidays abroad

Below average

Not Provided



Many Level 2

The derived wealth and credit risk will determine the type of junk mail and other advertising that residents receive.

Estimated Credit Score For Residents Of LU5 5RG


Out of 1000

Public databases such as the Register of Court Judgments and Insolvency Records are combined with census data and 'lifestyle' information collected from questionnaires to evaluate the average financial risk in a postcode.

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Residents classified as social group DE

The 'social class' of a person tends to be based on occupation - each group can be defined as shown below.




Typically includes professionals such as doctors, lawyers and dentists, chartered architects and engineers. Individuals with a large degree of responsibility such as senior executives and senior managers, higher grade civil servants and higher ranks of the armed services.


Made up of university lecturers, heads of local government departments, executive officers of the civil service, middle managers, qualified scientists, bank managers, police inspectors and senior ranks of the armed services.


Typically comprising nurses, technicians, pharmacists, salesmen, publicans, clerical workers , clerical officers within the civil service, police sergeants and constables and senior non commissioned officers within the armed services.


Comprises skilled manual workers who have served apprenticeships; foremen, manual workers with special qualifications such as long distance lorry drivers, security officers and other non commissioned officers within the armed services.


Includes semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, including labourers and people serving apprenticeships; clerical assistants in the civil service, machine minders, farm labourers, laboratory assistants, postmen and all other members of the armed services.


Made up of Pensioners, casual workers, long term unemployed people, and others with relatively low or fixed levels of income.

Summary Information For LU5 5RG

Every 10 years the Office for National Statistics undertakes a Census of all households in the UK with residents required, by law, to respond. The results are then checked and collated before being made available to the public.

Office for National Statistics


Not Returned

Post Town

Not Returned



Local Authority

Central Bedfordshire

Parliamentary Constituency

South West Bedfordshire

Primary Care Trust






Output Area Classification

Hard-pressed ethnic mix

House Price History

House price data is taken from HM Land Registry and reflects the actual prices paid, rather than the advertised sale prices. Average prices can vary depending on the mix of type of houses sold in any given year. Hover your mouse over the graph, or tap the plot points for more information.






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Volumes Of House Sales In Central Bedfordshire

Property In LU5 5RG



Housing type


Mixed Housing

House size

5-7 rooms

Not Provided


Social or Council Rented / Mortgage

Some social renting

Property value

Significantly below average

Over £176K and less than £215K

Identity Fraud In LU5 5RG

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Crimes Reported Within A 1 Mile Radius Of LU5 5RG

Crimes Around LU5 5RG

Families in LU5 5RG



Family composition

High have children, High couples, Average singles, Average, families

Empty nests and seniors

Marital status

Not Provided

Some widowed



Not Provided


Not Provided

Many christian


Tabloid / Middle Market

Some medium

Mail order response

Not Provided

Many Regular

Hours of sport


Not Provided

Weekly internet


Not Provided

Social media

Above Average

Not Provided



Not Provided


Below average

Not Provided

Online shopping

Less than once a month

Not Provided

Online groceries


Not Provided

Online train


Not Provided

Online flights


Not Provided

Online holidays


Not Provided

Online fashion


Not Provided

Online books


Not Provided

Closest Services To LU5 5RG

  • Schools
    St Vincent's Catholic Primary School 0 metres
    Hawthorn Park Community Primary 474 metres
    Tithe Farm Primary School 576 metres
    Thomas Whitehead Cofe Academy 648 metres
    Houghton Regis Academy 687 metres
    The Academy Of Central Bedfordshire 687 metres
    Thornhill Primary School 790 metres
    Houghton Regis Primary School 0.7 miles
    Chantry Primary Academy 0.97 miles
    The Vale Academy 1.07 miles
  • Train Stations
    Leagrave Rail Station 2.32 miles
    Harlington (Beds) Rail Station 3.72 miles
    Luton Rail Station 4.59 miles
    Luton Airport Parkway Rail Station 5.58 miles
    Flitwick Rail Station 6.57 miles
    Leighton Buzzard Rail Station 7.03 miles
    Cheddington Rail Station 7.3 miles
    Ridgmont Rail Station 8.82 miles
    Tring Rail Station 8.84 miles
    Aspley Guise Rail Station 9.27 miles
  • Airports
    London Luton Airport 6.59 miles
    Cranfield Airport 12.1 miles
    Panshanger Aerodrome 16.83 miles
    Elstree Airfield 19.24 miles
  • Bus Stations
    Halfway Avenue 2.27 miles
    Simpson Close 2.31 miles
    Luton Station Interchange 4.56 miles
    Airport Bus Station 6.17 miles
    St Mary's Square 10.45 miles
    Hitchin Railway Station 11.03 miles
    Milton Keynes Coachway 12.85 miles
    The Peahen Ph 13.23 miles
    Jackman's Place 13.62 miles
    The Gardens 14.74 miles
  • Hospitals
    Luton And Dunstable Hospital 1.93 miles
    Bpas Luton 4.52 miles
    London Road (Mental Health Services) 4.91 miles
    Wichellows Wharf (Mental Health Services) 6.81 miles
    Spire Harpenden Hospital 8.57 miles
    Harpenden Memorial Hospital 9.23 miles
    Hampden House 10.3 miles
    Pinehill Hospital 11 miles
    Hemel Hempstead Hospital 11.1 miles
    Priory Hospital Hemel Hempstead 12.23 miles
  • GP Practices
    Houghton Regis Medical Centre 578 metres
    Wheatfield Surgery 0.81 miles
    Dr Dv Shah's Practice 1.28 miles
    Chiltern Hills Practice 1.42 miles
    Kingsbury Court Surgery 1.56 miles
    Community Services Nurse Prescribers 1.57 miles
    Priory Gardens Surgery 1.65 miles
    Chiltern Vale Dermatology 1.65 miles
    Drs Mirza Sukhani & Partners 1.75 miles
    West Street Surgery 1.79 miles

Data Sources

The information in this report has been compiled using a variety of Open Data and paid data sets. These Open data sets are released to the public and are provided under their own specific copyright the notices of which are detailed below.

  • Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
  • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
  • Data produced by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2018
  • Crime data provided by the Home Office through under the Open Government Licence
  • House Price data is provided by HM Land Registry © Crown copyright 2017

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