WIMD is the Welsh Government’s official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales. It is designed to identify those small areas where there are the highest concentrations of several different types of deprivation. Deprivation is the lack of access to opportunities and resources which we might expect in our society. This can be in terms of material goods or the ability of an individual to participate in the normal social life of the community.

An Index is a group of separate measurements which are combined into a single number. WIMD is currently made up of eight separate domains (or types) of deprivation:

- Income

- Employment

- Health

- Education

- Access to Services

- Housing

- Community Safety

- Physical Environment


Each of the domains include several indicators of deprivation. WIMD ranks all small areas in Wales from 1 (most deprived) to 1,909 (least deprived). It does not provide a measure of the level of deprivation in an area.


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WIMD rank and indicator data is available for download from StatsWales.

The WIMD area of our Statistics and research website includes previous releases of data as well as latest news and updates. You can also find:

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27 November 2019
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