Flintshire’s most deprived areas revealed from census data
Flintshire’s most deprived areas have been revealed in the latest 2021 census results.
The figures are part of a more detailed set of results from the England and Wales snapshot captured in March last year.
As part of the 2021 census, households in England and Wales were categorized according to four different ‘deprivation dimensions’, based on certain characteristics.
The first concerns cases where a member of a household, who is not a full-time student, is unemployed or in long-term illness, and the second covers households where no one has at least five GCSEs or more or equivalent qualifications, and none 16-18 year olds in the hostel are full-time students.
The third dimension corresponds to the case where a person in the household has a “poor” or “very bad” general state of health or has a long-term health problem, and the fourth when the household dwelling is either overcrowded or in a shared accommodation, or has no central heating.
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 51.1% of households in Flintshire were deprived of at least one of these “dimensions” at the last census.
This meant the area was broadly in line with the England and Wales average of 51.7%. It was also down from 56.9% in the last census in 2011.
Another breakdown reveals which of the region’s 20 neighborhoods were most affected by deprivation last year.
In Flintshire, the five areas with the highest deprivation rates were:
1) Shotton and Garden City – 62.2% of households here were deprived in at least one dimension at the time of the 2021 census, up from 67.5% in 2011
2) Connah’s Quay North – 61.4%, down from 66.1% in 2011
3) Flint North East – 60.4%, down from 74.1% in 2011
4) Holywell and Bagillt – 59.3%, down from 67.1% in 2011
5) Queensferry and Sandycroft – 59.1%, down from 64.7% in 2011
In contrast, the ward with the lowest level of deprivation was Pen-y-ffordd and Higher Kinnerton, with 38.9% of households.
The ONS said deprivation is a “complex subject”, adding that more detailed information will come in future versions.