Friday, October 04, 2019

England's Multiple Deprivation

Three weeks ago the UK government released the 2019 Indices of English Deprivation. The indices show the levels of deprivation at the neighborhood level. The government measures deprivation in a number of different areas, including income deprivation, employment, education, health and crime. The different indices are combined to give an overall relative measure of deprivation. The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) ranks every neighborhood in England from 1 (the most deprived area) to 32,844 (the least deprived area).

Jaywick, a neighborhood in Tendring, Essex, is the most deprived area of England according to the 2019 indices. Jaywick has been the most deprived area in England in the last three releases of the English Indices of Deprivation. The other 9 neighborhoods in the 2019 top ten most deprived areas are all in Blackpool. The least deprived neighborhood in England is on the outskirts of Prestwood in Buckinghamshire.

The Indices of Deprivation: 2019 and 2015 is an interactive map which allows you to compare how neighborhood deprivation scores have changed since 2015. The map provides a side-by-side choropleth view showing the IMD scores in each neighborhood for 2015 and 2019. The menu at the top of the page allows you to change the data shown on the map from the overall IMD rankings to any of the seven individual indices of deprivation.

I particularly like this non-government Fry Ford interactive map of England's Multiple Deprivation Index. This map used a green-red color scheme to show the least to most deprived areas in the UK. This color scheme makes it much easier to see where neighborhoods fall in either the least or most deprived areas of the country. If you select a neighborhood on this map you can view the neighborhood's individual scores for each of the seven indices of deprivation in the map sidebar.

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