Is Colchester, Essex a nice place to live?

Is Colchester a nice place to live or is Colchester rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Colchester 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 Colchester truly a nice place to live, or are Brightlingsea, Romford and Wivenhoe a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Colchester?

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 Colchester. 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
Abbey Field 187
Colchester 179
Parson’s Heath 177
Greenstead 146
Mile End 82
Fox Street 72
Berechurch 63
Crockleford Hill 62
Shrub End 36
Colne 35

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Colchester. 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 Colchester 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 Wivenhoe ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Wivenhoe (Best) 26510/32845
Highwoods 21802/32845
St Anne's and St John's 18739/32845
Shrub End 18533/32845
Mile End 16072/32845
New Town and Christ Church 11623/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 10748/32845
Berechurch 8599/32845
Greenstead 8582/32845
Castle (Worst) 6095/32845
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Your Health in Colchester

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Tendring 1.78% 5.83%
Colchester (Colchester) 0.96% 3.29%
Ipswich 1.14% 3.92%
Babergh 0.89% 3.45%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wivenhoe (Best) 25471/32845
Mile End 22134/32845
New Town and Christ Church 17375/32845
Castle 17325/32845
Highwoods 15004/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 13991/32845
Shrub End 13340/32845
St Anne's and St John's 13332/32845
Berechurch 11546/32845
Greenstead (Worst) 10614/32845
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Deprivation in Colchester

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 Colchester. 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
Wivenhoe (Best) 26637/32845
Mile End 22330/32845
Highwoods 19433/32845
New Town and Christ Church 17477/32845
St Anne's and St John's 17400/32845
Castle 15603/32845
Shrub End 14074/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 13494/32845
Berechurch 10617/32845
Greenstead (Worst) 8999/32845

Average rent in Colchester

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Colchester

If you are thinking of moving to Colchester, 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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