The latest Census 2021 data on deprived households in Oxford show that:

  • Over half of the households in Oxford (28,832) do not experience any dimension of deprivation and just under a third of the households in Oxford experience at least 1 dimension of deprivation (1,767 residents).
  • Approximately 0.3% of households in Oxford experienced all 4 dimensions of deprivation.

English Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019

According to the 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation, 10 of Oxford's 83 neighbourhood areas ('Super Output Areas') are among the 20% most deprived areas in England. These areas, which are in the Leys, Rose Hill, Littlemore, Barton and areas of the city, experience multiple levels of deprivation – low skills, low incomes and relatively high levels of crime.

Men and women living in relatively deprived areas have a shorter life expectancy than those living in the least deprived areas. For more information see our Health statistics page.

After adjusting for housing costs, 26% of children in Oxford live below the poverty line. According to the Indices of Depreviation 2019 rates of child poverty have reduced in the most deprived neighbourhoods but there remain six Oxford neighbourhoods with child poverty rates over 30% (Indices of Deprivation 2019 on GOV.UK).

Claimant count

In March 2023 Oxford had 2,710 (2.3%) working–age residents claiming unemployment benefits (Jobseeker's Allowances or Universal Credit claimants who are out of work), 60% men and 40% women. The rate for March 2023 is now lower than the rate for the same period last year (2.6%) and is still below the national and regional rates of 2.9% and 3.8% respectively. Latest figures on the number of benefit claimants



Further links

Interactive map of the Index of Multiple Deprivation by Oliver O'Brien at UCL.

Oxfordshire county councils report on IMD 2019.

Oxfordshire Insight's interactive Index of Multiple Deprivation dashboard 2019.

Oxfordshire Insight's interactive Index of Multiple Deprivation dashboard 2015.

Information about the Child Wellbeing Index 2009.

For Richer For Poorer is a high-level report on poverty and marginalisation in the Diocese of Oxford.

Contact the Social Statistics Service

Address: Town Hall
St Aldate's

Telephone: 01865 252797

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