Nottinghamshire Insight


What are the indices of deprivation?

The most recent indices of deprivation were published on 30th September 2015.

The indices of deprivation measure relative levels of deprivation in 32,844 small areas or neighbourhoods, called lower super output areas, in England. The indices are used to analyse patterns of deprivation for small areas across the country. Summaries are also provided at a local authority district level.

Nottingham and the districts of Nottinghamshire IMD 2015 results

Nottingham ranks 8th out of the 326 districts in England using the average score measure (the average of the district’s lower super output areas) and 10th using the average rank measure.

This compares with ranks of 20th and 17th in the 2010 index and 13th and 12th in the 2007 index.

The ranks for the districts in Nottinghamshire are as follows: 


Rank of average score

(1 is the most deprived)

Newark & Sherwood


Local authorities which rank as more deprived than Nottingham using the average score measure are Blackpool; Knowsley; Kingston upon Hull; Liverpool; Manchester; Middlesbrough and Birmingham - which all ranked as more deprived than the City in 2010.

Nottingham ranks fourth of the Core Cities behind Liverpool (4th), Manchester (5th) and Birmingham (7th).

The others are ranked as follows: Newcastle 53rd; Sheffield 60th; Bristol 62nd and Leeds 70th. Leicester and Derby are ranked 21st and 55th respectively.

Nottingham super output area IMD 2015 results

See a map of IMD results across Nottingham.

Nottingham City comprises 182 lower super output areas (LSOAs). In England, there are 32,844 lower super output areas and each one has been ranked according to the measures of deprivation. 1 is the most deprived and 32,844 is the least deprived. .

  • 61 of the 182 City LSOAs fall amongst the 10% most deprived in the country. 110 fall in the 20% most deprived. This compares to 45 and 91 in the 2010 indices.
  • The lowest ranking LSOA in the City is in Bulwell, which ranks 63rd nationally out of 32,482, and is one of two City LSOAs ranking in the most deprived 100 SOAs in the country – the other being in Aspley, ranking 78th.
  • 7 LSOAs in the City rank in the 20% least deprived in the country – 6 are in Wollaton West and 1 in Clifton North.
  • All of the LSOAs in Aspley rank in the 10% most deprived.

Nottinghamshire lower super output Area IMD 2015 results

In Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) there are 25 LSOA’s in the 10% most deprived LSOAs in England, a decrease from 31 in 2010. The most deprived LSOA’s are concentrated in the districts of Ashfield (9 LSOAs), Mansfield (6), Bassetlaw (6) and Newark & Sherwood (3). There are 71 LSOAs in the 20% most deprived LSOAs in England, a decrease from 104 in 2010.

The table below gives details of the five most deprived LSOAs in Nottinghamshire and the district in which they are located. All five LSOAs are in the 2% most deprived in England. The most deprived LSOA lies within Mansfield district. It is ranked the 16th most deprived out of the 32,844 LSOAs in England.

Table: The five most deprived LSOAs in Nottinghamshire




Rank of IMD score (1 most deprived)



How has the index of multiple deprivation been calculated?

The Index of Multiple Deprivation is calculated from the domain results. Some domains carry more weight in the overall score than others. The domains are Income, Employment, Health & Disability, Education, Skills & Training, Barriers to Housing & Services, Crime and Living Environment. 

If you are interested in finding out more detail on the Indices of Deprivation, and how these have been calculated, please see the central government guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

What can you use the indices of deprivation 2015 for?

  • Comparing different areas. As each super output area has a ranking, different super output areas can directly be compared. A super output area with a ranking closer to 1 will be more deprived.
  • Identifying the most deprived areas in England. i.e. Using various cut off points to identify the areas in the most 5%, 10% and 20% in England.
  • Looking at differences between the domains of deprivation. Using the domain scores and ranks you can compare which issues are the biggest concerns for different areas.


There are two supplementary indices - the income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI) and the income deprivation affecting older people index (IDAOPI) – which are subsets of the income domain.