Indices of Deprivation 2019
The English Indices of Deprivation, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), are the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England.
The 2019 version is based on 39 separate indicators, organised across seven domains (and sub-domains) of deprivation which are combined, using appropriate weights, to calculate the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). This is an overall measure of multiple deprivation experienced by people living in an area and is calculated for every Lower layer Super Output Area (LSOA), or neighbourhood, in England. Every such neighbourhood is ranked according to its level of deprivation relative to that of other areas. The data can be used to assess which parts of Somerset face challenges, down to very small geographical areas.
Most indicators in the 2019 Indices of Deprivation relate to the financial year 2015/16. Previous editions of the indices were published in 2010, 2007 and 2004.
Key messages for Somerset
- Somerset generally is better than the national average in terms of overall levels of deprivation.
- Since 2015 there has been a slight shift towards greater deprivation in Somerset relative to the rest of England, particularly in relation to the quality of housing.
- The number of ‘highly deprived’ neighbourhoods in Somerset (categorised as being within the 20% most deprived in England) increased to 29 in IMD 2019, up from 25 at the time of IMD 2015.
- Around 47,000 Somerset residents now live in a neighbourhood (LSOA) identified as one of the 20% most deprived in England.
- The highest levels of deprivation are found within the county’s larger urban areas.
- The most deprived area of Somerset is the Highbridge South West area of Sedgemoor.
- The least deprived area is in the Sampson’s Wood area of Yeovil, which falls within the 1% least deprived in England.
- Children in Somerset face greater income deprivation than older people
Interactive IMD map
Explore deprivation in Somerset with our interactive map. Use the address search to find specific locations in the county and hover over or tap the layer button to switch between any of the overall IMD, domains or IDACI/IDAOPI information for 2015 and 2019.
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