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Deprivation can be considered to be a key determinant of health. The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) measures deprivation, by combining a number of social and economic indicators.

Using the 2010 IMD – which relies on data from 2008 - on almost all indicators Enfield is one of the most highly deprived Outer London boroughs. In a Greater London context Enfield fares better than many inner London Boroughs, and is therefore ranked as the 14th most deprived London Borough, out of 32. Nationally, Enfield is ranked 64th most deprived out of the 326 local authority areas in England.

Deprivation in Enfield, Position Nationally, by Ward: 2010

Deprivation in Enfield, Position Nationally, by Ward: 2010
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Source: Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2010

Within the Borough of Enfield itself, the most deprived wards, in rank order, are Edmonton Green, Upper Edmonton, Lower Edmonton, Ponders End and Turkey Street.

Such are the levels of deprivation in the three Edmonton wards that all three are within the most deprived 10% of wards in England. Twelve of Enfield’s twenty-one wards are in the most deprived 25% of wards in England.

More detailed analysis at super output area (SOA) level shows increasing polarisation within Enfield. Previous IMD figures indicated that Enfield had 13 SOAs in the worst 10% of areas in England. The latest figures show this number has now increased to 19. Conversely, the number of SOAs in Enfield included in the least deprived half of the country has increased from 52 to 54.

Overall, the proportion of Enfield’s population who are living within the most deprived 10% of areas throughout the country as a whole has increased from 7.0% to 10.3%.

Further information on this topic is available from:

Enfield Child and Family Poverty Strategy: 2012

Improving Health and Wellbeing in Enfield, the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2012

This page was last updated on 14-Apr-2015.