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The Suffolk Observatory

Getting started.

The Suffolk Observatory is the one-stop-shop for data, statistics and reports about Suffolk provided by a variety of organisations.  The Suffolk Observatory provides a comprehensive picture of the county and is a great source of information that will help write reports and presentations, inform business and strategic planning, prepare funding applications or support academic research.  Data is presented around the key themes of crime and community safety, economy and employment, education and skills, environment, health wellbeing and care, housing, population and transport and travel.

The site is based and accessed through an easy to use homepage.  From here, the information is accessible using the five sections: Key Facts, My Area, Data and Maps, Reports and Profiles.  Other sections of the homepage include advanced features and twitter updates.  A search bar is also provided, incorporating additional help – by the way of useful links, Training videos, frequently asked questions and email support.  The Observatory is free to use and paid for by a partnership of public sector organisations.

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Next Step

Key Facts defaults to Suffolk – for other geographies use the ‘geo-type’ field to choose your area.


Click on the map, type in a post code or place name to select your area


Data is presented either by theme or by geography. By ‘geo-type’ shows only those data views that are available for a particular geographic area.


Reports are grouped by theme for ease of access.

Profiles are grouped by theme for ease of access.

What you get

Key facts – a summary report for your area of interest; county, district, ward or parish.


My Area – detailed information about your area. Including:

  • Services in your area.
  • Profiles.
  • Key contacts.
  • Reports.
  • Data and Maps – access to the raw data (1,400 data indicators) grouped by theme. The data is available for a range of geographies, with historic data dating back several year.

    Reports –access to some 1,000 reports from market town profiles, town and parish plans, neighbourhood plans, ward reports, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments to travel to work reports.

    Profiles – are reports generated from the most current data held on the Observatory. They include area profiles for individual geographic areas and profiles tailored to particular users’ interests.