Is Beckenham, London a nice place to live?

Is Beckenham a nice place to live or is Beckenham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Beckenham 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 Beckenham truly a nice place to live, or are Bromley, Croydon and Southwark a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Beckenham?

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 Beckenham. 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
Lower Sydenham 142
Bellingham 107
Downham 106
New Beckenham 103
Southend 94
Bromley Park 85
Eden Park 70
Upper Elmers End 69
Beckenham 51
Shortlands 42

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Beckenham. 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 Beckenham 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 Shortlands ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Shortlands (Best) 27679/32845
West Wickham 26118/32845
Clock House 18968/32845
Kelsey and Eden Park 17638/32845
Copers Cope 16021/32845
Whitefoot 10881/32845
Sydenham 9820/32845
Penge and Cator 8963/32845
Downham 8843/32845
Bellingham (Worst) 7537/32845
Reader Opinion:

Tooting... yikes!

Your Health in Beckenham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Croydon 1.09% 3.5%
Lewisham 1.29% 3.9%
Lambeth 1.17% 3.54%
Bromley (Beckenham) 0.91% 3.2%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Shortlands (Best) 31517/32845
Copers Cope 30123/32845
West Wickham 30115/32845
Kelsey and Eden Park 28714/32845
Clock House 26233/32845
Penge and Cator 22245/32845
Sydenham 13846/32845
Whitefoot 13820/32845
Downham 12157/32845
Bellingham (Worst) 10261/32845
Reader Opinion:

Stoneleigh: residents ought to be stoned!

Deprivation in Beckenham

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 Beckenham. 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
West Wickham (Best) 29131/32845
Shortlands 28977/32845
Kelsey and Eden Park 24318/32845
Copers Cope 24301/32845
Clock House 21832/32845
Penge and Cator 13939/32845
Sydenham 10224/32845
Whitefoot 7892/32845
Downham 6122/32845
Bellingham (Worst) 5780/32845

Average rent in Beckenham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Beckenham

If you are thinking of moving to Beckenham, 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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