Is Castleford, Yorkshire a nice place to live?

Is Castleford a nice place to live or is Castleford rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Castleford 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 Castleford truly a nice place to live, or are Featherstone, Normanton and Pontefract a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Castleford?

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 Castleford. 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
Castleford 109
Red Hill 93
Cutsyke 79
Airedale 73
Water Fryston 60
New Fryston 42
Allerton Bywater 41
Aire 26
Ledston 12
Lower Mickletown 7

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Castleford. 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 Castleford 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 Byram & Brotherton ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Byram & Brotherton (Best) 19993/32845
Kippax & Methley 16369/32845
Stanley and Outwood East 16204/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 12091/32845
Featherstone 10900/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 8816/32845
Pontefract North 7934/32845
Pontefract South 7788/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 5320/32845
Knottingley (Worst) 3228/32845
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Your Health in Castleford

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Leeds 1.22% 4.19%
Wakefield (Castleford) 1.7% 5.99%
Kirklees 1.25% 4.5%
Selby 0.97% 3.6%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Byram & Brotherton (Best) 23004/32845
Kippax & Methley 13288/32845
Stanley and Outwood East 12981/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 9899/32845
Pontefract South 9379/32845
Featherstone 8022/32845
Pontefract North 7754/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 7420/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 7390/32845
Knottingley (Worst) 6288/32845
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Deprivation in Castleford

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 Castleford. 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
Byram & Brotherton (Best) 20354/32845
Stanley and Outwood East 20073/32845
Kippax & Methley 18375/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 12851/32845
Pontefract South 11887/32845
Pontefract North 9936/32845
Featherstone 9919/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 9466/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 8239/32845
Knottingley (Worst) 6514/32845

Average rent in Castleford

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Castleford

If you are thinking of moving to Castleford, 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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