Southern Scotland

This page shows how Southern Scotland is ranked for the following 5 ‘composite’ measures of social mobility:

  • Childhood poverty and disadvantage
  • Precarious situations
  • Promising prospects
  • Research and development
  • Socio-cultural advantage

Each of these measures combines data from 3 indicators into a single ‘composite’ score. This provides a more reliable picture of geographical mobility patterns.


For each composite measure, 41 regions in the UK are ranked from the lowest to highest values. They are then divided into 5 equally-sized groups (‘quintiles’), from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).

For example, Southern Scotland ranks in the of regions for .


Quintile 1
(lowest 20%)
Quintile 5
(highest 20%)

Districts in the Southern Scotland region

ITL3 areas: Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire mainland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders

Local authorities: Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire mainland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire