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The National Population Database

Minimise risks to your employees, assets and the general public by estimating
the population of any UK location at any time of day or night.

The National Population Database  is a unique Geographical Information System (GIS) dataset that enables the estimation of residents, workers and other population types in any location, down to individual building level, in Great Britain.

The NPD uses the latest and most accurate data available, and provides unmatched levels of granularity.

Watch our video introduction of the tool below. Can't see the video? View it here



An invaluable risk management tool for businesses with UK-wide operations

The NPD can be used to assess the risk to people from major hazards:

  • to minimise the risk associated with major building works of infrastructure upgrades by construction or utilities companies
  • to enable telecoms providers to optimally position mobile communications masts, thereby ensuring maximum coverage in any given location
  • to provide traffic management modelling capabilities for transport companies
  • to give businesses confidence in their emergency resilience or disaster recovery planning


Population data trusted by government

The NPD's dataset is used by the UK government's 'Resilience Direct' platform. This secure online network for sharing real time information enables emergency services to deliver an efficient and co-ordinated response in situations that impact civil protection.

How the Department for Transport used HSE's National Population Database to inform transport investment in Great Britain

How the National Population Database Assisted in the pandemic response

News article: Celebrating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the role they play within HSE


More information and access to the tool

The NPD portal lets you experiment with the different layers using data for an area in the south-east of Manchester. Based on the ArcGIS website, you don't need any installed GIS software.

Visit the portal for more information on the tool. To make an enquiry contact our NPD Team directly.

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