Deprivation in Glasgow, 2014

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is the main source for measuring relative deprivation in Scotland. In the graph below the latest SIMD revision (SIMD 2012) has been applied to population estimates for 2014. 
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Over 197,000 Glaswegians (33% of the city’s population) reside in the 10% of most deprived areas in Scotland. Almost half of Glasgow’s residents - 287,000 people - reside in the 20% of most deprived areas in Scotland. In contrast, just less than 21,000 people (less than 4% of the population) live in 10% of least deprived areas in Scotland. Despite these stark figures, the level of relative deprivation in Glasgow has reduced over recent years.

Beyond the official statistics, there is an independent blog that provides a more detailed explanation of deprivation trends in Glasgow.

Notes on data


SIMD – Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation provides a relative measure of deprivation based on indicators from 7 domains – income, employment, health, education, access, housing and crime. The index identifies multiple deprivation for 6505 small areas (datazones) across Scotland.  There have been four versions of SIMD to date. The initial index of 2004 (SIMD 2004) has been revised three times in 2006 (SIMD 2006), 2009 (SIMD 2009) and 2012 (SIMD 2012). For more information go to the SIMD site.

Deprivation deciles -  the term ‘deprivation decile’ is used to represent 10% of a population with a particular level of deprivation. Thus, the most deprived decile equates to the most deprived 10% within a population, while the least deprived decile represents the 10% of a population living in the least deprived circumstances.

Datazones - Small areas of between 500 and 1000 residents used by the Scottish Government for statistical comparison. Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics and the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation provide information at data zone level. There are 6505 datazones in Scotland, 694 of which are in Glasgow.

Additional Resources

  • Resource
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    SIMD Analysis: Future Projections

    An analysis of the reasons behind the recent decline of deprivation in Glasgow, with tend projections towards 2015.
  • Resource
    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
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