Is Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk a nice place to live?

Is Bury St Edmunds a nice place to live or is Bury St Edmunds rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Bury St Edmunds 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 Bury St Edmunds truly a nice place to live, or are Thetford, Clare and Mildenhall a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Bury St Edmunds?

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 Bury St Edmunds. 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
Bury St.Edmunds 76
Fornham St Genevieve 28
Fornham St Martin 20
Fornham All Saints 17
Colton 7
Battlies Green 7
Conyer’s Green 4
Great Barton 4
Nowton 0
High Green 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Bury St Edmunds. 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 Bury St Edmunds 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 Moreton Hall ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Moreton Hall (Best) 29506/32845
The Fornhams & Great Barton 28822/32845
Horringer 27819/32845
Southgate 24968/32845
Westgate 21951/32845
Minden 19525/32845
St Olaves 18092/32845
Eastgate 16111/32845
Tollgate 13891/32845
Abbeygate (Worst) 12640/32845
Reader Opinion:

Brandon - a few miles from an even worse Thetford

Your Health in Bury St Edmunds

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Breckland 1.18% 4.31%
Braintree 0.93% 3.43%
Babergh 0.89% 3.45%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Horringer (Best) 28227/32845
The Fornhams & Great Barton 26705/32845
Moreton Hall 26695/32845
Westgate 22559/32845
Southgate 20434/32845
Minden 19095/32845
Abbeygate 16236/32845
St Olaves 15127/32845
Tollgate 14341/32845
Eastgate (Worst) 13223/32845
Reader Opinion:

Rochdale, gain an understanding of this excremental town

Deprivation in Bury St Edmunds

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 Bury St Edmunds. 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
Moreton Hall (Best) 27961/32845
The Fornhams & Great Barton 25936/32845
Southgate 24294/32845
Westgate 23816/32845
Horringer 21554/32845
Minden 19710/32845
Abbeygate 16252/32845
Eastgate 15597/32845
Tollgate 14530/32845
St Olaves (Worst) 13897/32845

Average rent in Bury St Edmunds

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Bury St Edmunds

If you are thinking of moving to Bury St Edmunds, 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.