Communities and Local Government

Communities and Local Government's vision is to create economically strong cities and regions which enhance England's national prosperity and provide opportunities for everyone, wherever they happen to live.

It aims to narrow disparities in growth rates between different regions by boosting the economic performance of all regions and helping English cities to compete in the international market. This will help create vibrant, diverse and attractive places where people want to live, work and play.

The SOCD was created to provide access to updated data that underpins the State of the English Cities Report (SOCR), published in March 2006 by ODPM (now Communities and Local Government). 

The database contains all the key indicators of urban performance used in the report and allows users to identify in greater detail recent changes in English cities and will allow future monitoring of cities and the impact of policies. The indicators are available for 56 cities in England (built up or urban areas with a population of 125,000 or more). Other information is also available in the database, including the Areas of Town Centre Activity.

The State of the Cities Database can be found at