Nottingham Insight

What are the indices of deprivation?

The most recent indices of deprivation were published on 26th September 2019.

The Indices of Deprivation measure relative levels of deprivation in 32,844 small areas or neighbourhoods, called Lower Super Output Areas, in England.  Each area is given a score and a rank for seven distinct domains of deprivation which are combined to calculate the overall Index of Multiple Deprivation.   Summaries are also provided at a Local Authority district level.

Nottingham City IMD 2019 results

Nottingham ranks 11th most deprived out of the 317 districts in England using the Average Score measure. 


This compares with ranks of 8th in 2015, 20th in 2010 and 13th in the 2007 index.


Local Authorities which rank as more deprived than Nottingham using the Average Score measure are:

  • Blackpool
  • Knowsley
  • Liverpool
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Middlesbrough
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham

These all ranked as more deprived than the City in 2015, plus Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen and Hartlepool in 2019.

Nottingham ranks fourth most deprived of the Core Cities behind Liverpool (3rd out of 317); Manchester (6th) and Birmingham (7th).  The others rank as follows:  Newcastle upon Tyne (41st); Leeds (55th); Sheffield (57th); Bristol (65th).

The Index of Multiple Deprivation Lower Super Output Area Results

56 of the 182 City Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) fall amongst the 10% most deprived in the country. 104 fall in the 20% most deprived.  This compares to 61 and 110 LSOAs in the 2015 indices.

The lowest ranking LSOA in the City is in Bulwell, which ranks 130th nationally out of 32,844, but, unlike in 2015, no City LSOA ranks in the most deprived 100 LSOAs in the country.


8 LSOAs in the City rank in the 20% least deprived in the country.


Further analysis is ongoing and will be published on Nottingham Insight.


Useful Links


Documents on Nottingham Insight

Overview Infographic (2019)

English indices of deprivation (2019)

Interactive map - All Indices (2019)


Niki Kirk, Policy and Information Team