Is Alston, Cumbria a nice place to live?

Is Alston a nice place to live or is Alston rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Alston is on the up an up, it's time for a bit of reality. Cold hard statistics culled from the Police, the Indices of Deprivation and the latest census. Is Alston truly a nice place to live, or are Brampton, Penrith and Haltwhistle a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Alston?

Using the latest Police street crime figures (typically from 3 months ago) we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Alston. Naturally the more urban and more central areas will have a higher rate of crime, but often you can be surprised when that is not the case and that is the area you want to move to.
Policing Area Voilent Crimes
Alston 4
Blagill 4
Halton Lea Gate 2
Raise 1
Knarsdale 0
Keenley 0
Bearsbridge 0
Busk 0
Haresceugh 0
Cornriggs 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Alston. These statistics are published by the government every 2-3 years. They are a measure of how likely you are to be a victim of personal or material crime in an area, such as muggings or burglary. We've taken the rank average for wards in and around Alston and compared them. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst.

You least likely to be a victim of crime in the Kirkoswald ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Kirkoswald (Best) 32767/32845
Langwathby 32767/32845
Hartside 32752/32845
Long Marton 32714/32845
Lazonby 32498/32845
Kirkby Thore 28721/32845
Brampton & Fellside 27935/32845
Haydon and Hadrian 27663/32845
Haltwhistle 24819/32845
Alston Moor (Worst) 21786/32845
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Your Health in Alston

If you are thinking of moving to Alston, you want to know if the place is likely to put you on a downward spiral of ill health. We've taken the healh question from the latest census to find out and how Alston compares to its neighbouring local authorities. People were asked to rate their current health from very bad to very good;

Town Very Bad Bad
Carlisle 1.34% 4.62%
Eden (Alston) 0.9% 3.57%

The English Indices of Deprivation also has health statistics for Alston. They measures the risk of premature death and the impairment of quality of life through poor physical or mental health, lovely! We've collated an average rank for all the Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in each ward in and around Alston. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst;

Ward Average rank in England
Hartside (Best) 29883/32845
Lazonby 28408/32845
Long Marton 27113/32845
Kirkby Thore 26838/32845
Langwathby 26754/32845
Kirkoswald 26403/32845
Haydon and Hadrian 22421/32845
Alston Moor 20397/32845
Brampton & Fellside 18381/32845
Haltwhistle (Worst) 13507/32845
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Deprivation in Alston

Using the English Indices of Deprivation statistics, we've collated the average Index of Multiple Deprivation rank of all the LSOAs in the wards in and around Alston. In layman's terms, this is how rough the ward is based on mutiple measures of deprivation including; employment, income, health, crime, housing and outside space.

Ward Average rank in England
Lazonby (Best) 25594/32845
Long Marton 19719/32845
Kirkby Thore 19090/32845
Brampton & Fellside 18763/32845
Haydon and Hadrian 17715/32845
Langwathby 17585/32845
Kirkoswald 16570/32845
Alston Moor 15136/32845
Hartside 14613/32845
Haltwhistle (Worst) 13611/32845

Average rent in Alston

Every six months the Office for National statitics publishes a snapshot of rental costs. These statistics for Alston are dated September 2021. They are split into three figures, the lower quartile, mean and upper quartile. If you recieve housing benefit or the housing benefit section of Universal Credit, the lower quartile is at the top limit of what would be affordable. The mean is the average you'd expect to pay for a rental property and the upper quartile is the average rental cost of the most expensive 25% of properties in Alston.

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Alston

If you are thinking of moving to Alston, you'll want to know how much you can earn in a job in the town. The government publish regular statistics on gross weekly pay and pay per hour.

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