Key fact

Stockport has areas of severe deprivation with 14% of the population living in the most deprived areas. However the deprivation is not particularly widespread and 28% live in the least deprived areas making Stockport notably polarised.


40,200 people live in the most deprived area Mortality is 1.50 times the Stockport average.


60,511 people live in the 2nd most deprived area Mortality is 1.20 times the Stockport average.


43,363 people live in the mid deprived area Mortality is 1.06 times the Stockport average.


62,561 people live in the 2nd least deprived area Mortality is 0.90 times the Stockport average.


80,106 people live in the least deprived area Mortality is 0.76 times the Stockport average.

2015 Index of multiple deprivation

Key information

  • The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015 shows that 14% of the Stockport population live in the 20% most deprived areas nationally.
  • Brinnington and Lancashire Hill are the most deprived areas in the borough, ranking within the 2% most deprived nationally.
  • There are an estimated 30,000 low income households in Stockport and an estimated 36,400 people living in poverty.
  • Educational attainment shows a deprivation gap; by age 16 25% of children in Brinnington & Central achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs
  • For children who are eligible for Free School Meals the performance gap rises from 26 percentage points at foundation stage to 41 percentage points by key stage 4
  • Stockport has a good range of greenspace and leisure assets.

Key issues for commissioners

  • Those in the more deprived areas have worse health and fewer life chances than those in the least deprived.
  • People in the most deprived areas die younger, attend hospital more frequently and have more long term conditions compared with those living in the less deprived areas.
  • Narrowing inequalities is a key priority so that the outcomes in deprived communities are improved and healthy life expectancy is increased.
  • A particular focus is needed in early years, as children in our most deprived areas are not necessarily given the best possible start for a healthy life, and educational outcomes show that gaps widen as children age.