The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) measures multiple deprivation for each local authority area as a whole and also for smaller Lower Layer Super Output Areas within each local authority. The index is made up of seven themed Domains or groupings of deprivation indicators including income, employment, health and disability, education skills and training, barriers to housing and services, crime and the living environment [Interactive Map - IMD 2015]. The current index is IMD 2015.
Overall, Gateshead is the 73rd most deprived local authority in England, out of 326 local authorities. Nearly 23,600 (12%) people in Gateshead live in one of the 10% most deprived areas of England. Nearly 49,800 (25%) live in the 20% most deprived areas.
It is also possible to estimate the population living in the different deprivation bands at ward level. There are seven wards containing areas within the 10% most deprived in England. At 64%, Felling ward is estimated to have the highest proportion of its population living in the 10% most deprived areas in England. This is followed by High Fell (51%) and Deckham (41%) wards. Low Fell ward is estimated to have the highest proportion of its population in the 50% least deprived areas in England. 86% of Low Fell's population lives in the 50% least deprived areas. This is followed by Crawcrook and Greenside (84%) and Whickham South and Sunniside (83%).
 Index of Multiple Deprivation, DCLG 2015