SIMD 2020 - Dundee City (2011 Data Zone Level)

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is the Scottish Government’s official tool for identifying places in Scotland suffering from deprivation. Deprivation in this context refers to the range of problems that arise due to the lack of resources or opportunities covering health, safety, education, employment, housing and access to services as well as financial aspects.

The most recent Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation was released by the Scottish Government in 2020. The SIMD divides Scotland into 6,976 small areas called data zones with roughly an equal population in each data zone. The Scottish Government then look at the indicators to measure the different sides of deprivation in each data zone including pupil performance, travel times to GP’s, crime, unemployment etc. These 38 indicators of deprivation are then grouped into 7 types called domains. These domains are:

• Income • Employment • Education • Health • Access to Services • Crime • Housing

The 7 domains are combined into one SIMD, ranking each data zone in Scotland from 1 (Most Deprived) to 6,976 (Least Deprived). The SIMD allows organisations to target policies and place resources in the areas with greatest need.

The boundaries used to collate the SIMD are based on the 2011 data zones which were produced by the Scottish Government. These are the same boundaries which were used in the 2016 SIMD. Earlier SIMD's published before 2016 were based on the Scottish Governments 2001 based data zones. This means that the data zones used in these publications are not comparable with the 2020 and 2016 SIMD.

This dataset shows SIMD 2020 data for Dundee City. This is broken down to data zone and intermediate zone level. There are currently 188 data zones in Dundee City.

The data is sourced from Scottish Government - Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020. © Crown Copyright 2020. The full dataset is available on the Scottish Government website which can be accessed from the link below:

There are many useful resources on the SIMD Website including:

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020: Introduction Booklet

SIMD 2020 Technical Notes:

Dundee City Council also produced a briefing note summarising the key points for Dundee City when the SIMD was released this can be accessed by clicking on the following link

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Author Scottish Government
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Last Updated April 7, 2022, 17:01 (UTC)
Created April 5, 2021, 13:58 (UTC)
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