Is Biggleswade, Bedfordshire a nice place to live?

Is Biggleswade a nice place to live or is Biggleswade rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Biggleswade 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 Biggleswade truly a nice place to live, or are Potton, Sandy and Shefford a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Biggleswade?

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 Biggleswade. 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
Biggleswade 38
Holme Green 16
Lower Caldecote 3
Upper Caldecote 3
Holme 3
Ickwell 1
Newton 1
Millow 1
Dunton 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Biggleswade. 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 Biggleswade 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 Stotfold and Langford ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Stotfold and Langford (Best) 27586/32845
Gamlingay 26834/32845
Arlesey 25900/32845
The Mordens 23971/32845
Northill 23298/32845
Arbury 22245/32845
Biggleswade South 21731/32845
Shefford 21682/32845
Sandy 21376/32845
Biggleswade North (Worst) 20499/32845
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Your Health in Biggleswade

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Central Bedfordshire (Biggleswade) 0.84% 3.02%
Bedford 0.98% 3.55%
Huntingdonshire 0.85% 3.09%
South Cambridgeshire 0.7% 2.51%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Arbury (Best) 30164/32845
Stotfold and Langford 29936/32845
Gamlingay 29137/32845
Northill 28050/32845
Arlesey 27383/32845
The Mordens 25856/32845
Shefford 25284/32845
Sandy 22708/32845
Biggleswade South 22658/32845
Biggleswade North (Worst) 21506/32845
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Deprivation in Biggleswade

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 Biggleswade. 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
Stotfold and Langford (Best) 28887/32845
Arbury 26995/32845
Arlesey 26766/32845
Shefford 25376/32845
Gamlingay 24599/32845
Biggleswade South 22509/32845
Sandy 20946/32845
Northill 20357/32845
Biggleswade North 19978/32845
The Mordens (Worst) 17166/32845

Average rent in Biggleswade

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Biggleswade

If you are thinking of moving to Biggleswade, 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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