What is the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015?

The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England. The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks every small area in England from 1 (most deprived area) to 32,844 (least deprived area).

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 combine a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social, environemntal and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England.

The Indices are used widely to analyse patterns of deprivation, for resource allocation, to identify areas that would benefit from special initiatives or programmes and as a tool to determine eligibility for specific funding streams.

2019 English Indices of Deprivation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will publish new 2019 English Indices of Deprivation by the end of October 2019.

Deprivation in Bristol

Patterns of deprivation and key findings for Bristol are presented in Deprivation in Bristol 2015 (pdf, 8.8MB) (opens new window) .


For guidance on the Indices of Deprivation, see our documents below:


In addition to the report, you can view the results using the Interactive mapping tool for England: this tool maps deprivation data across the country and locally.