Carstairs Deprivation Scores for Scottish Postcode Sectors from 2001 Census

The deprivation scores, a method of quantifying levels of relative deprivation or affluence within small geographic localities, are derived by creating a composite index using standardised variables taken from the Small Area Statistics of the 2001 UK Population Census. As near as possible, the four variables used were the same as those employed in the creation of scores for postcode sectors based on the 1981 Census by Carstairs and Morris: male unemployment, no car ownership, overcrowding, low social class.

Note: Carstairs Scores for Scottish Postcode Sectors from 1991 Census are also available.

Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
Philip McLoone

The report and documentation can be downloaded in Adobe PDF format.


Deprivation scores can be downloaded in SPSS, Excel and delimited ASCII formats.

Data Access: 

Freely available data on internet.