Scottish Indices of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

Scottish Indices of Multiple Deprivation have been compiled for 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

The SIMD page on the Scottish Government website links to background and methodology, publications, an FAQ plus data files in Excel format in addition to SIMD interactive mapping facilities which allows users to identify the range of deprivation data available across the 6,505 data zones for a range of geographies. In addition to the latest SIMD data there are an interactive mapping facility, analysis papers, analysis by postcode, plus SIMD look-up tables. There are also comparisons with the previous SIMD scores. 

The data is based on a wide range of mainly administrative sources, to avoid reliance on decennial Census data.

The first Index (SIMD 2004) was published in June 2004 and was based on 31 indicators in the six individual domains of Current Income, Employment, Housing, Health, Education, Skills and Training and Geographic Access to Services and Telecommunications.  SIMD 2009 contains 38 indicators in seven domains: Income, Employment, Health, Education Skills and Training, Geographic Access to Services, Housing and Crime.

The indices were commissioned from the Social Disadvantage Research Centre, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford. Note that similar deprivation indices exist for England, and Wales, and Northern Ireland.

NOTE: The SIMD 2004, 2006 and 2009 are all based on a consistent statistical geography - the data zone (further information on the data zones can be found on:

The Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website contains a range of powerful tools for visualising the SIMD data and linking it to other data.

Spatial Coverage: 

Documentation such as publications, methodology and background, SIMD postcode lookup are available online


Main reports, maps downloadable as PDF and data files in Excel format

Data Access: 

Freely available data on internet.