Monday, October 19, 2015

Mapping English Deprivation - Part Two


This new interactive map of England provides a rough guide to areas in the UK which are becoming less deprived.

Earlier this month the UK government released the 2015 Indices of Deprivation for England. The data has now been added to CDRC Maps to provide a choropleth view which shows the ranking changes since the last Indices of Deprivation in 2010, for each Lower Super Output Area (LSOA).

The blue areas on the map are becoming less deprived at a faster rate than the blue areas on the map. The red areas on the map have not necessarily become more deprived since the last Indices of Deprivation, they may be actually becoming less deprived, but at a slower rate.

Suprageography has published more details about this new map layer on CDRC Maps and has also examined some of the areas of England which have shown the biggest changes since the last Indices were published. For example, the five London boroughs which hosted the 2012 Olympics are all areas which have become less deprived at a relatively fast rate.

The Conversation has also been mapping out the changes in deprivation in England between 2010 and 2015. The Conversation argues that overall there has been very little change between the publication of the 2010 and 2015 indices and that the most and least deprived areas in England have remained largely the same. Where there has been significant change in the five London Olympic boroughs The Conversation suggests that this is largely due to gentrification and an influx of new, wealthier residents and the dispersal of poorer Londoners to the outskirts of the city.

You can explore the 2015 Indices of Deprivation for England in more detail using the Index of Multiple Deprivation Explorer. This map allows you to view choropleth layers for a number of the indices. If you select a Lower Super Output Area level area (LSOA) on the Explorer map you can explore the details for each of the indices. The details show how the area ranks within the 32,844 LSOAs in England for the selected index.
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