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Population Estimates by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012

Population Estimates by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012




This section provides annual mid-year population estimates for Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2012 areas in Scotland. The population estimates are available for each year from 2002 onwards, broken down by single year of age, sex and SIMD decile.

Each SIMD decile contains 10 per cent of Scotland’s data zones. So, for example, decile 1 is made up of the 651 most deprived data zones in Scotland according to SIMD 2012. The figures are based on adding up data zone population estimates from the Small Area Population Estimates (SAPE).

Levels of deprivation in an area change over time. The most deprived data zones in SIMD 2012 may not have been the most deprived data zones in, for example, 2011. These SIMD population estimates show how the populations in the SIMD 2012 deciles have changed over time.

The SIMD presents a picture of multiple deprivation by identifying small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It is an update and improvement on the 2009 SIMD, allowing more effective targeting of policies at areas with high concentrations of multiple deprivation.

The approach used within the SIMD assumes that deprivation is not one dimensional but that there are a number of different aspects that all contribute. These aspects, or domains as they are referred in the SIMD, are Income, Employment, Health, Education, Housing, Access to Services and Crime. The SIMD ranks each of the 6,505 data zones in Scotland from 1 (most deprived) to 6,505 (least deprived). More information is available on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation section of the Scottish Government website.




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A brief summary of the data in this table is included in the latest Small Area Population Estimates report.


Maps showing areas with high concentration of multiple deprivation in all local authority areas are available in the SIMD Interactive Mapping section of the Scottish Government website. This includes an interactive mapping tool which will allow users to see the rankings of the SIMD plotted on a map. 

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