Is Bishop Auckland, Durham a nice place to live?

Is Bishop Auckland a nice place to live or is Bishop Auckland rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Bishop Auckland 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 Bishop Auckland truly a nice place to live, or are Durham, Shildon and Willington a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Bishop Auckland?

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 Bishop Auckland. 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
South Church 59
Bishop Auckland 53
Close House 52
New Coundon 43
Etherley Dene 34
Tindale Crescent 31
Grange Hill 21
Toronto 12
Escomb 5
Binchester Blocks 3

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Bishop Auckland. 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 Bishop Auckland 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 Aycliffe North and Middridge ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Aycliffe North and Middridge (Best) 17949/32845
West Auckland 15552/32845
Crook 15376/32845
Chilton 12339/32845
Spennymoor 11459/32845
Bishop Auckland Town 8628/32845
Aycliffe West 6247/32845
Coundon 5136/32845
Woodhouse Close 4740/32845
Shildon and Dene Valley (Worst) 3690/32845
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Your Health in Bishop Auckland

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

Town Very Bad Bad
County Durham (Bishop Auckland) 1.82% 6.35%
Stockton-on-Tees 1.48% 4.85%
Hartlepool 1.85% 6.29%
Darlington 1.36% 4.51%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Spennymoor (Best) 9316/32845
Aycliffe North and Middridge 8742/32845
West Auckland 7851/32845
Crook 7051/32845
Chilton 6945/32845
Bishop Auckland Town 6482/32845
Coundon 4497/32845
Shildon and Dene Valley 4337/32845
Aycliffe West 3775/32845
Woodhouse Close (Worst) 2472/32845
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Deprivation in Bishop Auckland

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 Bishop Auckland. 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
Aycliffe North and Middridge (Best) 15854/32845
Spennymoor 14088/32845
West Auckland 12561/32845
Bishop Auckland Town 12223/32845
Crook 10372/32845
Chilton 9848/32845
Aycliffe West 5490/32845
Coundon 4908/32845
Shildon and Dene Valley 4561/32845
Woodhouse Close (Worst) 4081/32845

Average rent in Bishop Auckland

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Bishop Auckland

If you are thinking of moving to Bishop Auckland, 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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