Ashburton District Council
In 2018, Ashburton East had the highest deprivation score of 1,045.0 and Ashburton North the lowest with 913.0.
The Social Deprivation Index is a measure of socio-economic status calculated for small geographic areas. The calculation uses a range of variables from the 2018 Census of Population and Dwellings which represent nine dimensions of socio-economic disadvantage to create a summary deprivation score. The nine variables (proportions in small areas) in decreasing weight in the index are:
|1||Communication||- People with no access to the Internet at home|
|2||Income||- People aged 18 - 64 receiving a means tested benefit|
|3||Income||- People living in equivalised* households with income below an income threshold|
|4||Employment||- People aged 18 - 64 unemployed|
|5||Qualifications||- People aged 18 - 64 without any qualifications|
|6||Owned home||- People not living in own home|
|7||Support||- People aged < 65 living in a single parent family|
|8||Living Space||- People living in equivalised* households below a bedroom occupancy threshold|
|9||Housing quality||- People living in dwellings that are always damp and/or always have mould greater than A4 size|
The 2013 Deprivation index included a transport variable asking about people's access to a car. The 2018 Social Deprivation Index varies including a housing quality variable instead, relecting a major change in the 2018 census which asked about damp or mould in housing.See: University of Otago (opens a new window).
* Equivalisation: methods used to control for household composition.
For the purpose of comparison, the Social Deprivation Index is presented as a scale, ranking small areas from the least deprived to the most deprived. The mean is 1000 index points and the higher the number the greater the deprivation.
The Social Deprivation Index is used in the measurement and interpretation of socioeconomic status of communities for a wide variety of contexts such as needs assessment, resource allocation, research and advocacy. Note that the deprivation index applies to areas rather than individuals who live in those areas.
|Social Deprivation Index, 2018|
Source: University of Otago (opens a new window), 2018.