Is Chesham, Buckinghamshire a nice place to live?

Is Chesham a nice place to live or is Chesham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Chesham 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 Chesham truly a nice place to live, or are Amersham, Berkhamsted and Chorleywood a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Chesham?

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 Chesham. 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
Codmore 25
Great Hivings 25
Pond Park 24
Chessmount 17
Chesham 17
Pednormead End 10
Waterside 8
Lower Bois 8
Botley 7
Tyler’s Hill 4

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Chesham. 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 Chesham 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 Chesham Bois and Weedon Hill ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Chesham Bois and Weedon Hill (Best) 28930/32845
Amersham Town 28624/32845
Amersham Common 28373/32845
Hilltop and Townsend 24785/32845
Newtown 24745/32845
Asheridge Vale and Lowndes 22318/32845
Ridgeway 21693/32845
Amersham-on-the-Hill 20430/32845
St Mary's and Waterside 19026/32845
Vale (Worst) 15345/32845
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Your Health in Chesham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Aylesbury Vale 0.78% 2.68%
Wycombe 0.78% 2.71%
Watford 0.89% 3.25%
Chiltern (Chesham) 0.7% 2.52%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Chesham Bois and Weedon Hill (Best) 32702/32845
Amersham Common 31603/32845
Amersham Town 31518/32845
Hilltop and Townsend 31421/32845
Vale 30836/32845
Amersham-on-the-Hill 28426/32845
Asheridge Vale and Lowndes 27854/32845
Newtown 26196/32845
St Mary's and Waterside 26025/32845
Ridgeway (Worst) 25406/32845
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Deprivation in Chesham

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 Chesham. 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
Chesham Bois and Weedon Hill (Best) 32569/32845
Amersham Common 30573/32845
Hilltop and Townsend 29352/32845
Amersham Town 28254/32845
Amersham-on-the-Hill 26066/32845
Newtown 24686/32845
Asheridge Vale and Lowndes 23071/32845
Vale 19738/32845
St Mary's and Waterside 19125/32845
Ridgeway (Worst) 16984/32845

Average rent in Chesham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Chesham

If you are thinking of moving to Chesham, 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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