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A Tale of Two Cities: New ways to visualise the English Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)

Dan Olner

The English Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) ranks over thirty-two thousand small-scale zones in England from most to least deprived, using a combination of seven different factors to create a single deprivation index.

The latest IMD was released in September 2019. Developed by UI Researcher Dan Olner, the website - www.taleoftwocountries.org -  is a tool for exploring some of the most striking stories that this new data tells, while letting you explore the data in your own way. The green arrows at the bottom of the page step through those stories and will also explain how to use the tool as you go.

Local authorities are placed side by side, making it easy to compare the very different scales of inequality found across England. There's also a map of England showing different ways to see the IMD data.
This includes a comparison to 2015 (the previous IMD). The data stories pick out some stark changes between 2015 and 2019: you'll see many local authorities in the North have become relatively more deprived, as well as gaining more zones in most deprived decile. Click into the two pictures below to see in more detail. 

For more information on the IMD and how the visualisation was made, look for the link at the bottom of the website. 

Cover photo by John Mark Arnold on Unsplash

Map of England showing which places gained the most zones in the most deprived decile (so became relatively more deprived) between 2015 and 2019. 

Gif showing change between IMD data in 2015 and 19 for the two local authorities with the largest mean change.