Deprivation: key points

The following points are summarised from the results of the most recent (2016) version of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).  

(Background note: The SIMD is the Scottish Government's official tool for identifying small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland. The SIMD provides a relative ranking of 6,976 small areas (datazones) across Scotland from the most deprived (ranked one) to the least deprived in Scotland (ranked 6,976).  The Scottish Government have published previous indices of multiple deprivation in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.  However direct comparisons of indicators between 2016 and previous years are not possible because of changes to datazone boundaries.)

  • The 15% most deprived datazones in SIMD 2016 contain 36% (236,010) of Scotland's income deprived population and 35% (130,200) of Scotland's employment deprived working age population.
  • The most deprived datazone in the SIMD 2016 is in the Ferguslie Park area of Paisley, Renfrewshire. The least deprived datazone is in the Lower Whitecraigs and South Giffnock area of East Renfrewshire. Of the five most deprived datazones in the SIMD 2016, four are in Glasgow City and one is in Renfrewshire.
  • The five Local Authorities with the largest proportion of their datazones in the 20% most deprived are Glasgow (48%), Inverclyde (44%), West Dunbartonshire (40%), North Ayrshire (38%) and Dundee (37%).


Section updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in September 2016
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by end March 2017.