Deprivation profiles


The latest edition of the English Indices of Deprivation was published by the Department of Communities and Local Government on 30 September 2015 and updates the previous version published in 2010. The indices include the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015. Most of the data underpinning the IMD 2015 relates to 2012/13.

How the indices are calculated

IMD 2015 uses 37 separate indicators, organised across seven distinct domains of deprivation (income, employment, education skills and training, health deprivation and disability, crime, barriers to housing and services, and living environment) which are weighted and combined to calculate the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015.

IMD 2015 is based on the small area geography of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs). There are 32,844 LSOAs in England and they are designed to be of a similar population size with each one containing around 1,500 residents. There are 310 LSOAs in Bradford District.

IMD 2015 ranks all 32,844 LSOAs in England. 1 is the most deprived and 32,844 is the least deprived. Once ranked these are generally grouped into bands with the worse 10% generally used to define the most deprived LSOAs in England.

What this means for Bradford

Bradford District ranks 19th most deprived local authority in England (where 1 is the worst deprived local authority and 326 is the least deprived) and 2nd most deprived in the Yorkshire and Humber region (after the City of Kingston upon Hull). This compares to the ranking of 26th most deprived for IMD 2010. Bradford’s position relative to other English districts has worsened by 7 places since the last index was published in 2010.
34% of the District’s population live in the most deprived 10% of LSOAs in England and 5% of the District’s population live in the least deprived areas.
4. Further information

The full datasets and guidance documents can be downloaded from the Government website:

IMD 2015

Bradford District IMD in Focus

Understanding Bradford District
English Indices of Deprivation 2015
Bradford District Briefing
30 September 2015

Contact details

Catriona Colborn

Phone : 01274 434691
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