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Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation: a data cube spreadsheet

Data Zone level ranks and quantiles for the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) overall, and by individual domain.

Rank (Rank) for values of SIMD Domain
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Measure Type
  1. Decile
  2. Quintile
  3. Rank
  4. Vigintile
Reference Period
  1. 2016
Simd Domain
  1. Access To Services
  2. Crime
  3. Education Skills And Training
  4. Employment
  5. Health
  6. Housing
  7. Income
  8. SIMD
Reference Area
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  1. 2011 Data Zones
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The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) provides a relative ranking of the data zones in Scotland from 1 (most deprived) to 6,976 (least deprived) based on a weighted combination of data in the domains of Income; Employment; Health; Education, Skills and Training; Geographic Access to Services; Crime; and Housing.

Each of the domains can also be ranked individually. Using the relative rankings each data zone can be assigned to a decile for each domain and the overall index. Decile 1 contains the most deprived 10% of data zones and decile 10 contains the least deprived 10% of data zones.

When comparing results from the different versions of the SIMD it is important to take into account changes to the methodology used to construct the individual domains and the overall SIMD between the three indices. More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Confidentiality Policy

This dataset does not contain any sensitive or personal information.

Quality Management

Further information on the background, methodology and development of the 2016 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation is available from the Scottish Government website.

Accuracy and Reliability

For some (but not all) indicators, the population of the considered age group was zero in some data zones during the time period considered, and indicator rates and ranks could not be determined.

Further information on the background, methodology and development of the 2016 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation is available from the Scottish Government website.

Coherence and Comparability

SIMD is one of four indices that cover the whole of the UK. The Scottish index differs from the other indices in the UK by following a slightly different methodology in constructing the overall index. The following are the key differences:

  • SIMD is based on data zones which are smaller geographical units compared to the Lower Super Output Areas used in the other indices
  • The data sources are different for Health, Education, Crime and Housing domains
Accessibility and Clarity

Other formats of 2016 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation are available from the Scottish Government website, including interactive mapping tools and council area profiles.


The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) combines seven different domains (aspects) of deprivation:

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Education, Skills and Training
  • Geographic Access to Services
  • Crime
  • Housing
Timeliness and Punctuality

This dataset is not expected to be updated.


This data is not routinely revised.


This slice of multidimensional data is not a Linked Data resource in the database: it's a virtual resource (i.e. you can't query it by SPARQL). But does have a permanent unique URL which can be bookmarked.
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Measure Type
Reference Period
Reference Area
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Simd Domain
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