We use the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) indices of deprivation for England to measure deprivation in Bristol.

The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019 is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England. It ranks every small area in England from 1, most deprived area, to 32,844, least deprived area.

The Indices of Deprivation 2019 combine a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social, environmental and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England.

The use of Indices

The Indices are used widely to:

  • analyse patterns of deprivation
  • allocated resources
  • identify areas that would benefit from special initiatives or programmes
  • determine eligibility for specific funding streams

Indices of Deprivation 2019

The MHCLG published new Indices of Deprivation for England on 26 September 2019.

Our pdf Deprivation in Bristol 2019 report (10.91 MB)  gives a summary of the findings of the 2019 Indices of Deprivation within the Bristol local authority area.

The following information and tools present the statistics including data for Bristol.

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Indices of Deprivation dashboard

Local authority dashboard of Indices of Deprivation, 2019

You can use this dashboard to explore the:

  • range of summary measures across the indices of deprivation 2019 at local authority level
  • lower-layer super output areas (LSOAs) within each district

Indices of Deprivation explorer 

The Indices of Deprivation 2019 explorer and postcode mapper

You can use the explorer to search by a place name or postcode.

The explorer shows the relative deprivation of neighbourhoods for selected areas according to the indices of deprivation 2019 and indices of deprivation 2015.

2019 English Indices of Deprivation map

English Indices of Deprivation map tool

You can use this map tool to compare deprivation levels across the whole of England by Lower Layer Super Output Area. You can select an area by putting in a postcode.

Each area is highlighted according to its level of multiple deprivation together with a breakdown by each of the types of deprivation including: 

  • income
  • employment
  • education
  • health
  • crime
  • housing
  • environment

Deprivation in Bristol 2019

We use deprivation deciles to:

  • measure inequality within Bristol 
  • compare levels of deprivation in Bristol with other parts of England

Read pdf guidance on how deprivation deciles are worked out and used (234 KB) .

Bristol deprivation by neighbourhood

The spreadsheet Deprivation decile LSOA by lookup document (48 KB)  shows neighbourhoods in Bristol and their:

  • deprivation rank and deprivation decile within Bristol 
  • deprivation rank and deprivation decile within England 

Bristol deprivation by postcode

The spreadsheet Deprivation decile by postcode lookup document (756 KB)  shows postcodes in Bristol and their:

  • deprivation rank and deprivation decile within Bristol 
  • deprivation rank and deprivation decile within England

Further Indices of Deprivation information

Visit the MHCLG website for further information, data and an infographic showing how 2019 indices were put together.

The next update of the English Indices of Deprivation is provisionally planned for late 2025.

Deprivation in Bristol 2015

Patterns of deprivation and key findings for Bristol in 2015 are presented in  pdf Deprivation in Bristol 2015 (8.82 MB) .