Is Ashburton, Devon a nice place to live?

Is Ashburton a nice place to live or is Ashburton rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Ashburton 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 Ashburton truly a nice place to live, or are Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh and Newton Abbot a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Ashburton?

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 Ashburton. 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
Mead 13
Waye 12
Buckfast 8
Buckfastleigh 6
Ashburton 5
Rew 5
South Knighton 2
Caton 1
Goodstone 1
Holne 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Ashburton. 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 Ashburton 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 Ipplepen ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Ipplepen (Best) 31625/32845
Haytor 31232/32845
Dartington & Staverton 29550/32845
Ambrook 27869/32845
Bovey 27719/32845
South Brent 27051/32845
Bradley 26002/32845
Ashburton & Buckfastleigh 24340/32845
Totnes 21208/32845
Bushell (Worst) 10959/32845
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Your Health in Ashburton

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Torbay 1.73% 5.82%
Teignbridge (Ashburton) 1.25% 4.24%
South Hams 1.11% 3.8%
West Devon 1.18% 3.96%

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

Ward Average rank in England
South Brent (Best) 25379/32845
Haytor 25059/32845
Dartington & Staverton 24735/32845
Bovey 21674/32845
Ashburton & Buckfastleigh 21643/32845
Ipplepen 21491/32845
Ambrook 20946/32845
Bradley 19539/32845
Totnes 18104/32845
Bushell (Worst) 12274/32845

Deprivation in Ashburton

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 Ashburton. 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
Ipplepen (Best) 28016/32845
Haytor 23788/32845
Ambrook 23352/32845
Bovey 22610/32845
Bradley 19093/32845
South Brent 16955/32845
Ashburton & Buckfastleigh 16767/32845
Dartington & Staverton 15757/32845
Totnes 15184/32845
Bushell (Worst) 11617/32845

Average rent in Ashburton

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Ashburton

If you are thinking of moving to Ashburton, 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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