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CDRC Distances of Residential Moves (DoRM) Index (LAD Geography)

The Distances of Residential Moves (DoRM) Index dataset provide yearly estimates of the median straight-line distances of all known residential moves to, from, and within each Local Authority District (LAD) in the UK from 1997 onwards. The index data are compiled from CDRC’s secure Linked Consumer Registers data, which contain annual updates of the names and addresses for adults in the UK from 1997.

These data allow researchers to explore locality scale changes in residential mobility and migration patterns over an extended time period. Annual estimates and attribution of origins and destinations to specific LADs extends what is available from decennial census data. Median annual LAD residential move data are provided for adult individuals moving out of, into, or within each LAD. Estimates are triangulated with census estimates and can be used to update them during intercensal periods.

Note: The unit of DORM is in kilometres, and '*' means the figures were suppressed to avoid disclosing issues (i.e., lower count).

For a visual exploration of the dataset please visit the CDRC Housing Dashboard

Cited Literature

Lansley G, Li W, Longley P A 2019. Creating a linked consumer register for granular demographic analysis. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) DOI:10.1111/rssa.12476.

Van Dijk J, Lansley G, Longley P A 2021. Using linked consumer registers to estimate residential moves in the United Kingdom. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society). In press.

Please note: this dataset replaces the previous version of the CDRC Distances of Residential Moves (DoRM) (1998-2020). This version is available on request only.

University College London (UCL)
Additional Info: 


CDRC Linked Consumer Register


Data provided by the Consumer Data Research Centre, an ESRC Data Investment: ES/L011840/1, ES/L011891/1

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
United Kingdom
Temporal Coverage
January 1997 to January 2023
Chen, Meixu; Todd, James; van Dijk, Justin; Longley, Paul
Contact Name
Dr Bin Chi
Contact Email
Public Access Level
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)


UK Open Government Licence (OGL)