Is Birmingham, West Midlands a nice place to live?

Is Birmingham a nice place to live or is Birmingham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Birmingham 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 Birmingham truly a nice place to live, or are Oldbury, Smethwick and West Bromwich a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Birmingham?

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 Birmingham. 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
Netchells Green 485
Highgate 383
Gib Heath 334
Rotton Park 308
Ladywood 303
Saltley 263
Balsall Heath 54
Aston 47
Bordesley 35
Birmingham 23

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Birmingham. 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 Birmingham 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 Bordesley Green ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Bordesley Green (Best) 14135/32845
Edgbaston 13387/32845
Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East 12137/32845
Newtown 10177/32845
Ladywood 9699/32845
Balsall Heath West 9202/32845
North Edgbaston 7956/32845
Soho & Jewellery Quarter 7630/32845
Lozells 6589/32845
Bordesley & Highgate (Worst) 6504/32845
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Your Health in Birmingham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Birmingham (Birmingham) 1.65% 5.04%
Sandwell 1.8% 5.9%
Solihull 1.21% 3.99%
Bromsgrove 1.1% 3.72%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Edgbaston (Best) 14430/32845
North Edgbaston 8553/32845
Ladywood 8072/32845
Newtown 7759/32845
Soho & Jewellery Quarter 7019/32845
Lozells 6163/32845
Bordesley & Highgate 6090/32845
Bordesley Green 5060/32845
Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East 4942/32845
Balsall Heath West (Worst) 3361/32845
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Deprivation in Birmingham

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 Birmingham. 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
Edgbaston (Best) 13015/32845
Ladywood 8687/32845
North Edgbaston 6167/32845
Soho & Jewellery Quarter 5270/32845
Bordesley & Highgate 3850/32845
Newtown 3603/32845
Bordesley Green 1641/32845
Balsall Heath West 1616/32845
Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East 1370/32845
Lozells (Worst) 1273/32845

Average rent in Birmingham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Birmingham

If you are thinking of moving to Birmingham, 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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