While IMD is principally used for looking at small areas, the government also produce a range of different measures to help understand patterns of deprivation for larger areas e.g. local authorities. No single summary measure is the 'best' as each highlights different aspects of deprivation and each leads to a different ranking of areas.
More information on IMD can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-indices-of-deprivation-2015
How does Leeds rank in the different local authority summary measures?
Look at our IMD map to explore the pattern of deprivation across Leeds.
The pie chart shows the proportion of LSOAs in Leeds that lie within each decile. Decile 1 (dark blue) is the most deprived 10% in England while decile 10 (yellow) is the least deprived 10%.
Local authorities are often ranked on the proportion of neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% nationally. Leeds is ranked at 31 out of 326 local authority districts (1 is most deprived).
When looking at average rank, the less deprived LSOAs in Leeds 'average out' the extremely deprived LSOAs. Leeds is ranked at 100 out of 326 local authorities on average rank.
There are two measures which identify local authority districts with large numbers of people experiencing deprivation. These are the income scale and the employment scale.
The income scale ranks local authorities on the number of people experiencing income deprivation. Leeds had the 3rd highest number (with Birmingham ranked 1 and Manchester ranked 2.)
The employment scale ranks local authorities on the number of people experiencing employment deprivation. Leeds had the 3rd highest number (with Birmingham ranked 1 and Liverpool ranked 2.)
How does Leeds rank across the different deprivation indices?
The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) combines data from seven different domains of deprivation to produce an overall score.
The results for the separate domains are also published. The table below shows how Leeds ranks in each of those domains.
Ranks are out of the 326 local authorities with a rank of 1 being the most deprived.