Is Birkenhead, Merseyside a nice place to live?

Is Birkenhead a nice place to live or is Birkenhead rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Birkenhead 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 Birkenhead truly a nice place to live, or are Bebington, Liverpool and Wallasey a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Birkenhead?

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 Birkenhead. 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
Kensington 483
Edge Hill 307
Everton 285
Toxteth 139
Birkenhead 129
Claughton 129
Wallasey 114
Liscard 114
Bidston Hill 88
Sandhills 20

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Birkenhead. 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 Birkenhead 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 Bebington ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Bebington (Best) 21453/32845
Oxton 13363/32845
Claughton 12281/32845
Rock Ferry 9181/32845
Central 9174/32845
Princes Park 6883/32845
Bidston and St James 6459/32845
Riverside 6404/32845
Seacombe 6353/32845
Birkenhead and Tranmere (Worst) 4830/32845
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Your Health in Birkenhead

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Liverpool 2.08% 6.68%
Wirral (Birkenhead) 1.73% 5.77%
Sefton 1.62% 5.68%
Knowsley 2.18% 7.29%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Bebington (Best) 8816/32845
Oxton 5224/32845
Riverside 4230/32845
Claughton 4135/32845
Central 3832/32845
Rock Ferry 3161/32845
Seacombe 1770/32845
Princes Park 1169/32845
Bidston and St James 1035/32845
Birkenhead and Tranmere (Worst) 804/32845
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Deprivation in Birkenhead

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 Birkenhead. 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
Bebington (Best) 16933/32845
Oxton 12023/32845
Central 9989/32845
Claughton 9313/32845
Riverside 6839/32845
Rock Ferry 5878/32845
Princes Park 3023/32845
Seacombe 2802/32845
Bidston and St James 2492/32845
Birkenhead and Tranmere (Worst) 1808/32845

Average rent in Birkenhead

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Birkenhead

If you are thinking of moving to Birkenhead, 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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