Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) ranks datazones (some 700 people on average) across Scotland from 1 (most deprived) to 6976 (least deprived). As an index, it measures relative not absolute deprivation (i.e. how multiple deprivation compares between datazones, rather than how much deprivation is in each).  The index can be used to understand concentrations of multiple deprivation in Fife and how this should inform policy and the allocation of resources. 

SIMD 2016 was published on 31 August 2016, and provides an update to SIMD 2012. It is the first full index based on 2011 datazones.

Local reports and maps will be made available for Fife, and each of the seven committee areas.

Following on from SIMD 2016, updates will be published for income and employment domains for SIMD12+1, SIMD12+2 and SIMD12+3 by the end of 2016 , to enable a comparison to earlier years based on new datazones.

Selected data from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation can be viewed in profiles and interactive thematic maps at a variety of geographic areas through the KnowFife Dataset .  Local maps are also available in KnowFife dataset resources, or on request.

Further information including reports, guidance, postcode lookups and mapping can be found at


Coryn Barclay, Research Consultant 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 08 70 Fax: 01592 583527 Contact Coryn Barclay online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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