Revealed: Darlington and the Tees Valley’s most and least deprived areas

THE most and least deprived neighbourhoods in Darlington and the Tees Valley have been revealed as part of a study.

The Department for Communities and Local Government published the Index of Multiple Deprivation for England, showing the relative deprivation of neighbourhoods for selected areas according to their indices of deprivation 2019 study.

Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland are all are slightly worse off in 2019 than they were in 2015.

Their research looks into factors such as income deprivation, employment deprivation, education, skills and training deprivation, healthcare, crime, access to housing and services and living environment deprivation.

An interactive map allows you to search by a place name or postcode and includes a dashboard which provides a brief summary of how relatively deprived the area selected is in each iteration.

The map separates locations known as LSOAs (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) which are small areas designed to be of a similar population size, with an average of approximately 1,500 residents or 650 households. There are 32,844 Lower-layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in England.

The darker colour on the map indicates more deprived areas. 

A broad look at the North-East shows varying levels of deprivation across the region with some worse of in some particular areas.

Here are how some locations in the region fare according to the map.

Darlington

The Northern Echo: Darlington's deprivation levels differ Darlington’s deprivation levels differ

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Like many towns, the closer you are to Darlington’s town centre the more deprived the area is. Darlington is amongst the 10 per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.

12 of the borough’s LSOAs (18 per cent) were amongst the 10 per cent most deprived areas while half of that figure were amongst 10 per cent lead deprived. 

However, the likes of Hummersknot and Blackwell are amongst the 20 and 10 per cent, respectively, of least deprived areas.

Stockton-on-Tees 

The Northern Echo: Stockton is the 74th most deprived LSOA in EnglandStockton is the 74th most deprived LSOA in England

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Stockton-on-Tees local authority district ranked 113 out of 317 local authorities in England, with a mixture of deprivation levels.

Areas of Stockton like Portrack and Thornaby, which are amongst 10 per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in the country, are worse off than areas to the west of the city. Eaglescliffe, for example, is within the 30 per cent least deprived areas. 

Overall 21 per cent (25) of LSOAs in Stockton-on-Tees are amongst the 10 per cent most deprived neighbourhoods while 8 per cent (10) are in the least deprived. 

Middlesbrough 

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The Northern Echo: Percentage of LSOAs in Middlesbrough's local authority district Percentage of LSOAs in Middlesbrough’s local authority district

Middlesbrough is amongst the 10 per cent most deprived areas, with the local authority area ranking 16 out of 317. 

Nearly half (49 per cent) of Middlesbrough LSOAs are amongst the 10 per cent most deprived areas – the highest percentage in the region.

However, the likes of Acklam is not particularly well or worse off, with the area being amongst 40 per cent least deprived neighbourhoods.

On the very outskirts of Middlesbrough’s local authority district, Nunthorpe is amongst the 20 per cent least deprived. 

Redcar and Cleveland 

The Northern Echo: Redcar and Cleveland local authority district ranked 62 out of 317 for deprivationRedcar and Cleveland local authority district ranked 62 out of 317 for deprivation

The Northern Echo: Redcar and Cleveland has gotten slightly worse off since 2015Redcar and Cleveland has gotten slightly worse off since 2015

Redcar and Cleveland’s local authority district ranked 62 out of 317 for deprivation, with 24 per cent of its LSOAs (21) being within the 10 per cent most deprived areas while only 5 per cent (4) are within the top 10 per cent least deprived areas.

This makes the borough slightly worse off than it was in 2015. 

Areas like South Bank and Grangetown are amongst those most deprived, while Longbeck and Brotton are amongst the 30 per cent least deprived neighbourhoods in England.

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