Is Ambleside, Cumbria a nice place to live?

Is Ambleside a nice place to live or is Ambleside rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Ambleside 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 Ambleside truly a nice place to live, or are Bowness on Windermere, Staveley and Windermere a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Ambleside?

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 Ambleside. 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
Heathwaite 23
Belle Isle 15
Bowness-On-Windermere 15
Eden Vale 5
Ambleside 5
Grasmere 2
Waterhead 1
Rydal 1
Clappersgate 0
Heaning 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Ambleside. 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 Ambleside 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 Kendal South & Natland ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Kendal South & Natland (Best) 31658/32845
Kendal West 28919/32845
Bowness & Levens 27933/32845
Keswick 27869/32845
Windermere 27490/32845
Kendal East 27141/32845
Shap 26120/32845
Ambleside & Grasmere 25109/32845
Kendal North 23103/32845
Kendal Town (Worst) 20038/32845

Your Health in Ambleside

If you are thinking of moving to Ambleside, 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 Ambleside compares to its neighbouring local authorities. People were asked to rate their current health from very bad to very good;

Town Very Bad Bad
Allerdale 1.31% 4.94%
Barrow-in-Furness 1.8% 6.57%
South Lakeland (Ambleside) 0.96% 3.57%
Eden 0.9% 3.57%

The English Indices of Deprivation also has health statistics for Ambleside. 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 Ambleside. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst;

Ward Average rank in England
Bowness & Levens (Best) 25975/32845
Ambleside & Grasmere 25443/32845
Kendal South & Natland 24989/32845
Windermere 24271/32845
Keswick 24026/32845
Shap 22866/32845
Kendal East 21356/32845
Kendal North 20783/32845
Kendal Town 20142/32845
Kendal West (Worst) 18992/32845

Deprivation in Ambleside

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 Ambleside. 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
Kendal South & Natland (Best) 27865/32845
Kendal East 24080/32845
Windermere 22710/32845
Kendal West 22398/32845
Ambleside & Grasmere 21942/32845
Keswick 21904/32845
Kendal Town 21461/32845
Bowness & Levens 21005/32845
Shap 19978/32845
Kendal North (Worst) 19134/32845

Average rent in Ambleside

Every six months the Office for National statitics publishes a snapshot of rental costs. These statistics for Ambleside 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 Ambleside.

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Ambleside

If you are thinking of moving to Ambleside, 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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