Most deprived areas of Wigan and Leigh revealed by census data
The most deprived areas of Wigan and Leigh have been revealed as part of the latest census results.
As part of the 2021 census, households in England and Wales were categorized according to four different ‘deprivation dimensions’; depending on unemployment, health, education and type of housing.
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Taking this into account, analysis by the Office for National Statistics found that 53.4% of households in Wigan and Leigh were classed as deprived.
Indeed, these households performed poorly on one or more of the dimensions of deprivation.
Data shows that there are higher levels of deprivation in Wigan and Leigh compared to the national average, with England and Wales recording a rate of 51.7% deprived households.
However, the figures represent a drop from 60.3% in the last census in 2011.
Another breakdown reveals which of the region’s 40 neighborhoods was most affected by deprivation last year.
The five areas with the highest deprivation rates in Wigan and Leigh
- Laithwaite and Marsh Green – 71.8% of households here were deprived in at least one dimension at the time of the 2021 census, up from 79.1% in 2011
- Wigan East – 68.9%, up from 76% in 2011
- Ince-in-Makerfield – 64.4%, down from 73.5% in 2011
- Atherton North – 63.4%, down from 70.5% in 2011
- Leigh North – 62.8%, up from 68.6% in 2011
In contrast, the neighborhood with the lowest level of deprivation was Standish North, with 41.2% of households.
To determine the dimensions of deprivation, a household is judged on whether someone who is not a full-time student is unemployed or long-term ill.
The second characteristic covers households where no one has at least five GCSE passes or equivalent qualifications, with no 16-18 year olds in the home studying full-time.
The third dimension is when someone in the household has poor general health or a long-term health problem.
The fourth is judged according to whether the household’s accommodation is either overcrowded, shared or without central heating.
The ONS said deprivation is a “complex subject”, adding that more detailed information will come in future versions.