Middle Layer Super Output Area

A Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) is a GEOGRAPHIC AREA.

Middle Layer Super Output Areas are a geographic hierarchy designed to improve the reporting of small area statistics in England and Wales.

Middle Layer Super Output Areas are built from groups of contiguous Lower Layer Super Output Areas. The minimum population is 5000 and the mean is 7200.

The Organisation Data Service publish files created on their behalf by the Office for National Statistics, which link POSTCODES to the Middle Layer Super Output Area.

See the Organisation Data Service website for the NHS Postcode Directory Gridlink ® Record Specification and data file. 

For further information on Middle Layer Super Output Areas, see the Office for National Statistics website.


This supporting information is also known by these names:
alsoknownasMiddle Layer SOA
pluralMiddle Layer Super Output Areas