Is Bridgwater, Somerset a nice place to live?

Is Bridgwater a nice place to live or is Bridgwater rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Bridgwater 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 Bridgwater truly a nice place to live, or are Burnham on Sea, Highbridge and North Petherton a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Bridgwater?

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 Bridgwater. 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
Bridgwater 254
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal 246
Sydenham 216
Hamp 203
Dunwear 41
Horsey 31
Chilton Trinity 30
Durleigh 6
Fowler’s Plot 2
Knowle 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Bridgwater. 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 Bridgwater 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 Cannington and Wembdon ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Cannington and Wembdon (Best) 22942/32845
King's Isle 21900/32845
Puriton and Woolavington 20652/32845
Bridgwater Fairfax 16420/32845
Bridgwater Victoria 16274/32845
Bridgwater Wyndham 14122/32845
Bridgwater Dunwear 11926/32845
Bridgwater Hamp 9780/32845
Bridgwater Eastover 8879/32845
Bridgwater Westover (Worst) 6393/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bridgwater: like an open cesspit, the thickest sh*ts tend to accumulate here

Your Health in Bridgwater

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

Town Very Bad Bad
North Somerset 1.18% 4.09%
Sedgemoor (Bridgwater) 1.16% 4.36%
Mid Devon 0.96% 3.58%

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

Ward Average rank in England
King's Isle (Best) 20085/32845
Cannington and Wembdon 19642/32845
Puriton and Woolavington 19594/32845
Bridgwater Wyndham 16837/32845
Bridgwater Victoria 14532/32845
Bridgwater Fairfax 12208/32845
Bridgwater Dunwear 11588/32845
Bridgwater Hamp 11586/32845
Bridgwater Eastover 10716/32845
Bridgwater Westover (Worst) 8582/32845
Reader Opinion:

Cotford St Luke - Fantastic if you like GUNFIRE!

Deprivation in Bridgwater

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 Bridgwater. 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
Cannington and Wembdon (Best) 22339/32845
Bridgwater Wyndham 18580/32845
Puriton and Woolavington 18484/32845
King's Isle 16010/32845
Bridgwater Victoria 14879/32845
Bridgwater Fairfax 10563/32845
Bridgwater Eastover 8856/32845
Bridgwater Hamp 8800/32845
Bridgwater Dunwear 7916/32845
Bridgwater Westover (Worst) 6182/32845

Average rent in Bridgwater

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Bridgwater

If you are thinking of moving to Bridgwater, 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.