Is Bromley, London a nice place to live?

Is Bromley a nice place to live or is Bromley rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Bromley 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 Bromley truly a nice place to live, or are Beckenham, Croydon and St Mary Cray a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Bromley?

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 Bromley. 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
Downham 106
Plaistow 105
Southend 94
Bromley Park 85
Park Langley 56
Beckenham 51
Shortlands 42
Bickley 30
Bromley Common 21
Southborough 17

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Bromley. 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 Bromley 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 Shortlands ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Shortlands (Best) 27679/32845
West Wickham 26118/32845
Bickley 22734/32845
Clock House 18968/32845
Kelsey and Eden Park 17638/32845
Bromley Town 17632/32845
Copers Cope 16021/32845
Plaistow and Sundridge 11098/32845
Downham 8843/32845
Bellingham (Worst) 7537/32845
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Your Health in Bromley

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Croydon 1.09% 3.5%
Lewisham 1.29% 3.9%
Greenwich 1.27% 4.09%
Bromley (Bromley) 0.91% 3.2%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Shortlands (Best) 31517/32845
Copers Cope 30123/32845
West Wickham 30115/32845
Bickley 29828/32845
Kelsey and Eden Park 28714/32845
Bromley Town 28236/32845
Clock House 26233/32845
Plaistow and Sundridge 23551/32845
Downham 12157/32845
Bellingham (Worst) 10261/32845
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Deprivation in Bromley

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 Bromley. 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
West Wickham (Best) 29131/32845
Shortlands 28977/32845
Bickley 26847/32845
Kelsey and Eden Park 24318/32845
Copers Cope 24301/32845
Bromley Town 24014/32845
Clock House 21832/32845
Plaistow and Sundridge 17550/32845
Downham 6122/32845
Bellingham (Worst) 5780/32845

Average rent in Bromley

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Bromley

If you are thinking of moving to Bromley, 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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