Is Braintree, Essex a nice place to live?

Is Braintree a nice place to live or is Braintree rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Braintree 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 Braintree truly a nice place to live, or are Clackwell, Coggeshall and Halstead a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Braintree?

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 Braintree. 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
Bocking 86
Bocking Churchstreet 33
Great Notley 9
High Garrett 7
Cressing 4
Black Notley 3
Panfield 3
Row Green 2
Duckend Green 1
Lanham Green 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Braintree. 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 Braintree 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 Great Notley & Black Notley ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Great Notley & Black Notley (Best) 25559/32845
Gosfield & Greenstead Green 24297/32845
Coggeshall 22361/32845
Bocking Blackwater 21608/32845
Braintree South 20749/32845
Braintree West 20146/32845
Bocking North 15607/32845
Silver End & Cressing 13891/32845
Braintree Central & Beckers Green 13430/32845
Bocking South (Worst) 13342/32845
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Your Health in Braintree

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Colchester 0.96% 3.29%
Braintree (Braintree) 0.93% 3.43%
Chelmsford 0.81% 2.84%
Epping Forest 1.04% 3.56%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Great Notley & Black Notley (Best) 27625/32845
Gosfield & Greenstead Green 25786/32845
Coggeshall 25162/32845
Bocking Blackwater 22665/32845
Braintree West 21338/32845
Silver End & Cressing 21091/32845
Braintree South 20165/32845
Bocking South 16865/32845
Bocking North 16836/32845
Braintree Central & Beckers Green (Worst) 15723/32845
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Deprivation in Braintree

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 Braintree. 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
Great Notley & Black Notley (Best) 28573/32845
Bocking Blackwater 24664/32845
Coggeshall 22538/32845
Braintree West 22134/32845
Gosfield & Greenstead Green 21293/32845
Braintree South 19314/32845
Silver End & Cressing 17189/32845
Bocking South 15078/32845
Bocking North 14330/32845
Braintree Central & Beckers Green (Worst) 14034/32845

Average rent in Braintree

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Braintree

If you are thinking of moving to Braintree, 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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