Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016: introductory booklet

An update to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

Key findings in SIMD16

Deep-rooted deprivation - these areas have been consistently among the 5% most deprived in Scotland since SIMD 2004.

Map of deprived areas

Eleven council areas now have a larger share of the 20% most deprived data zones in Scotland compared with SIMD 2012. Ten council areas now have a smaller share.

Map of deprived areas

People who live in the most deprived areas are most likely to experience conditions which limit their opportunities in life.

However, people who live in areas up to 40% most deprived may also experience difficulties.

Graph of deprived areas

What is local share?

The charts on the right show the proportion of data zones in each area which are among the most deprived. This local share is calculated by dividing the number of deprived data zones in the area by all data zones in this area. We use local shares to compare areas.

For example, the local share of the 40% most deprived data zones in Moray is the number of data zones in Moray that are among the 40% most deprived in Scotland (22 data zones) divided by the number of all data zones in Moray (126). This results in a local share of 17%.

Graph of deprivation areas

All: local share of 20% most deprived.

Health boards with a local share of 0% are omitted.


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