Nottinghamshire 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. 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 2019 results

Nottingham ranks 11th out of the 317 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 8th and 10th in the 2015 index and 20th and 17th in the 2010 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 2015) plus Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen and Hartlepool.

Nottingham ranks fourth of the Core Cities behind Liverpool (3rd out of 317); Manchester (6th) and Birmingham (7th).

The others are ranked as follows: Newcastle upon Tyne (41st); Leeds (55th); Sheffield (57th); Bristol (65th).

Nottingham super output area IMD 2019 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. .

  • In the Index of Multiple Deprivation, 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.
  • All bar one of the LSOAs in Aspley and Bulwell rank in the 10% most deprived.

Nottinghamshire lower super output Area IMD 2019 results

In Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) there are 31 LSOA’s in the 10% most deprived LSOAs in England, an increase from 25 in 2015. The most deprived LSOA’s are concentrated in the districts of Ashfield (12 LSOAs), Mansfield (10), Bassetlaw (5) and Newark & Sherwood (3). There are 79 LSOAs in the 20% most deprived LSOAs in England, an increase from 71 in 2015.

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 36th most deprived out of the 32,844 LSOAs in England (a relative improvement on 16th in 2015).

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 2019 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.