Is Cheltenham, Gloucestershire a nice place to live?

Is Cheltenham a nice place to live or is Cheltenham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham truly a nice place to live, or are Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Winchcombe a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Cheltenham?

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 Cheltenham. 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
Fairview 196
Pittville 190
Marle Hill 190
St Peter’s 156
Oakley 61
Noverton 59
Ryeworth 57
Battledown 34
Cheltenham 29
Alstone 24

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Cheltenham. 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 Cheltenham 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 Charlton Park ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Charlton Park (Best) 27608/32845
Charlton Kings 25930/32845
Park 25839/32845
Battledown 24669/32845
College 21206/32845
Oakley 15679/32845
Lansdown 14994/32845
All Saints 14158/32845
Pittville 9660/32845
St Paul's (Worst) 8400/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in Cheltenham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Gloucester 1.1% 3.79%
Stroud 0.94% 3.35%
Cheltenham (Cheltenham) 0.85% 3.14%
Tewkesbury 0.99% 3.3%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Charlton Park (Best) 27076/32845
Battledown 26533/32845
Park 25436/32845
College 23704/32845
Pittville 21242/32845
Charlton Kings 21207/32845
All Saints 19716/32845
Lansdown 16377/32845
St Paul's 7609/32845
Oakley (Worst) 6062/32845
Reader Opinion:

Evesham, It's the worst of the worst no doubt about it.

Deprivation in Cheltenham

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 Cheltenham. 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
Charlton Park (Best) 31323/32845
Charlton Kings 30332/32845
Park 30185/32845
Battledown 30102/32845
College 28340/32845
Pittville 24416/32845
All Saints 23420/32845
Lansdown 20126/32845
St Paul's 10684/32845
Oakley (Worst) 6911/32845

Average rent in Cheltenham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Cheltenham

If you are thinking of moving to Cheltenham, 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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