An introduction to IMD

Last modified: March 8, 2022

An Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is used to identify how deprived an area is. It uses a range of economic, social and housing data to create a single deprivation score for each small area of the country. As statistics are a devolved matter, each nation of Britain handles the calculation of IMD slightly differently. The links below explain how this is done.




Scottish IMDs mapped:

How to find the Deprivation score for postcodes in England:


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