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WIMD 2019

Information from the 2019 Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD).

WIMD 2019 was published by the Welsh Government (WG) on 27 November 2019.  This page includes detailed information from the Index, including the full results for local areas in Swansea and guidance on the data.

WIMD uses the Office for National Statistics 'Lower Super Output Area' (LSOA) geography as its reporting unit, which sub-divides Wales into 1,909 separate geographical areas with an average population of 1,600.  There are now 148 LSOAs within Swansea, most of which fall within Swansea's 36 Electoral Divisions or Wards.

WIMD is made up of eight separate domains (or types) of deprivation: income; employment; health; education; access to services; housing; community safety and physical environment.  Each domain is compiled from a range of different indicators.

Information about the 2019 Index, and the key results for Swansea, is summarised in a PDF Document Briefing Note (PDF, 878KB)Opens new window on this page.  A list of the PDF Document domain indicators (PDF, 474KB)Opens new window used is also provided.  A series of WIMD 2019 local area profiles are also available on this page, detailing LSOA rankings (for the overall Index and individual domains) within each of Swansea's Wards and Delivery Areas (the former Communities First areas).

In WIMD 2019, 17 (11.5%) of Swansea's 148 LSOAs are in the most deprived 10 per cent in Wales (similar to the overall proportion in 2014).  These are listed below (Wales ranking, 1-191, in brackets):

  • Townhill 2 (16)
  • Townhill 1 (18)
  • Penderry 3 (22)
  • Castle 1 (23)
  • Penderry 1 (31)
  • Townhill 3 (32)
  • Castle 2 North (36)
  • Mynyddbach 1 (37)
  • Townhill 5 (41)
  • Penderry 4 (48)
  • Townhill 6 (58)
  • Bonymaen 1 (81)
  • Morriston 5 (95)
  • Penderry 2 (147)
  • Morriston 7 (154)
  • Penderry 6 (157)
  • Llansamlet 8 (179).

Also available on this page is a PDF Document summary table (PDF, 293KB)Opens new window of the WIMD and domain rankings for Swansea's 148 LSOAs and a file containing the full rankings for LSOAs in Excel Document Wales (Excel, 440KB)Opens new window and Excel Document Swansea (Excel, 107KB)Opens new window.  

The underlying WIMD indicator data, which is combined to create the domain and overall Index ranks, has also been published by WG.  The latest (WIMD 2019) indicator data for LSOAs and other local areas in Swansea is available at this page.

The 2014 (and earlier) WIMD rankings are available.  However, it is important to note that the deprivation rankings from the 2019 Index should not be directly compared with those from previous indices, due to methodological reasons including changes in domains and indicators over time.

If you would like any further information or data from WIMD, please contact us.


The use of Ordnance Survey data within the documents on this web page is subject to terms and conditions.

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