Is Christchurch, Dorset a nice place to live?

Is Christchurch a nice place to live or is Christchurch rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Christchurch 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 Christchurch truly a nice place to live, or are Bournemouth, New Milton and Ringwood a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Christchurch?

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 Christchurch. 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
Boscombe 139
Tuckton 55
Fairmile 47
Jumpers Common 46
Christchurch 38
Southbourne 27
South Bockhampton 22
Friars Cliff 10
Hengistbury Head 3
Waterditch 2

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Christchurch. 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 Christchurch 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 Highcliffe & Walkford ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Highcliffe & Walkford (Best) 30351/32845
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 27146/32845
East Southbourne & Tuckton 24363/32845
Christchurch Town 20304/32845
Burton & Grange 18814/32845
Littledown & Ilford 17587/32845
West Southbourne 17041/32845
Ringwood East and Sopley 14666/32845
Boscombe East & Pokesdown 7576/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 5863/32845
Reader Opinion:

I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

Your Health in Christchurch

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Southampton 1.2% 3.89%
Isle of Wight 1.47% 5.01%
New Forest 1.08% 3.81%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ringwood East and Sopley (Best) 26547/32845
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 26306/32845
Highcliffe & Walkford 26206/32845
Christchurch Town 23975/32845
Littledown & Ilford 20491/32845
East Southbourne & Tuckton 20344/32845
Burton & Grange 18769/32845
West Southbourne 15411/32845
Boscombe East & Pokesdown 13726/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 8867/32845
Reader Opinion:

Sunny, Sunny Bournemouth, it's more like crappy, crappy Bournemouth

Deprivation in Christchurch

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 Christchurch. 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
Highcliffe & Walkford (Best) 27200/32845
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 26561/32845
East Southbourne & Tuckton 25197/32845
Littledown & Ilford 23601/32845
Christchurch Town 21650/32845
Ringwood East and Sopley 20577/32845
West Southbourne 17654/32845
Burton & Grange 16014/32845
Boscombe East & Pokesdown 12348/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 8887/32845

Average rent in Christchurch

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Christchurch

If you are thinking of moving to Christchurch, 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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