Is Bristol, Bristol a nice place to live?

Is Bristol a nice place to live or is Bristol rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Bristol 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 Bristol truly a nice place to live, or are Filton, Kingswood and Keynsham a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Bristol?

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 Bristol. 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
Montpelier 395
Hotwells 191
Redland 133
Arno’s Vale 41
Barton Hill 39
Bristol 35
Bedminster 33
Bishopston 32
Ashton Gate 28
Ashley Down 25

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Bristol. 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 Bristol 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 Clifton ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Clifton (Best) 14758/32845
Clifton Down 14279/32845
Cotham 9889/32845
Hotwells and Harbourside 8879/32845
Redland 8870/32845
Southville 7375/32845
Windmill Hill 5917/32845
Central 4605/32845
Lawrence Hill 4401/32845
Ashley (Worst) 3339/32845
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Your Health in Bristol

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Bristol, City of (Bristol) 1.27% 4.22%
Wiltshire 0.87% 3.18%
South Gloucestershire 0.93% 3.26%
Bath and North East Somerset 0.91% 3.31%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Redland (Best) 22913/32845
Clifton Down 20722/32845
Clifton 20377/32845
Hotwells and Harbourside 18557/32845
Cotham 17144/32845
Ashley 11733/32845
Windmill Hill 11340/32845
Southville 9174/32845
Central 8889/32845
Lawrence Hill (Worst) 3300/32845
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Deprivation in Bristol

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 Bristol. 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
Clifton Down (Best) 24822/32845
Redland 24259/32845
Clifton 23169/32845
Cotham 20513/32845
Hotwells and Harbourside 17435/32845
Southville 15242/32845
Windmill Hill 12902/32845
Ashley 10783/32845
Central 9895/32845
Lawrence Hill (Worst) 2794/32845

Average rent in Bristol

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Bristol

If you are thinking of moving to Bristol, 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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