Index of Multiple Deprivation

The English Indices of Deprivation measures relative levels of deprivation in small areas of England called Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs). The overall measure is called the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). This produces an IMD score (bar chart below showing score in 2015) and a national rank out of 32,844 LSOAs (trend in national rank shown in line chart below). Deprivation and health are closely connected, with areas with higher levels of deprivation tending to experience poorer health outcomes. Reducing social inequalities in health is a major focus of the work of Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Overall IMD score 2015

Overall IMD rank trend


Overall IMD rank

Area 2004 2007 2010 2015
South Hams 008C 16,384 17,047 16,618 18,528
South Hams 19,930 19,906 20,393 20,207
Western Locality 14,673 14,768 15,078 14,984