Published: 02/09/2016 09:18 - Updated: 02/09/2016 09:40

Move 1.5 miles from Merkinch - and live for another 16 years

Written byEmma Crichton

Life expectancy in Merkinch is 66 years, compared to 82 years in nearby Crown.
Life expectancy in Merkinch is 66 years, compared to 82 years in nearby Crown.

THE haves and have-nots of Inverness have been laid bare by a new study which has exposed Merkinch as one of the most deprived areas in Scotland.

A section including Coronation Park, Rosehaugh Road, Bridgeview Drive and Mill Court was listed as the most deprived in the Highlands by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, while around a mile away Crown achieved one of the region's best ratings.

The report's authors broke areas of the country down into small sections, usually of no more than 1000 people, and ranked them based on income, employment, health, education, housing, crime and geographic access.

In Merkinch, 455 people are either income or employment deprived – more than two-thirds of the 701 population.

In Crown, a similar sized area of 700 people has only 30 people either income or employment deprived.

Elsewhere in the city, part of Culloden taking in Moray Park Avenue was ranked as the least deprived in Inverness and boasts top marks in income, health and housing. It also fared well in employment and education, with just 25 of its 616-strong population classed as deprived.

For the full story see Friday's Inverness Courier.

For a full breakdown of how each area of the city scored see:

http://simd.scot/2016/#/simd2016/BTTTFTT/9/-4.0000/55.9000/

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