Publication - Statistics

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020: introduction

Published: 28 Jan 2020

This booklet provides an overview of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020 - a tool for identifying the places where people are experiencing disadvantage across different aspects of their lives.

20 page PDF

6.1 MB

20 page PDF

6.1 MB

Contents
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020: introduction
How SIMD was made

20 page PDF

6.1 MB

How SIMD was made

  • We split Scotland into 6,976 small areas, called 'data zones', with roughly equal populations.
  • Next, we looked at indicators to measure the different aspects of deprivation in each data zone, like pupil attainment, travel time to a GP, crime and unemployment.
  • We then grouped over 30 indicators of deprivation into seven types, called 'domains'.
  • We combined the seven domains into one index, ranking each data zone in Scotland from 1 (most deprived) to 6,976 (least deprived).

Focusing on small areas shows the different issues there are in each neighbourhood. These could be poor housing conditions, a lack of skills or good education, or poor public transport.

Here's an example of what a data zone looks like:

SIMD data zone

General Data

You can find out about the data zone where you live, if you go online to http://simd.scot


Contact

Email: elizabeth.fraser@gov.scot