Is Darlaston, West Midlands a nice place to live?

Is Darlaston a nice place to live or is Darlaston rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Darlaston 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 Darlaston truly a nice place to live, or are Moxley, Wednesbury and Willenhall a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Darlaston?

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 Darlaston. 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
Portobello 151
Bentley 136
Bescot 133
Fallings Heath 131
Ashmore Lake 118
Pleck 117
Short Heath 116
Lane Head 116
Wednesbury 97
Church Hill 97

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Darlaston. 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 Darlaston 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 Friar Park ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Friar Park (Best) 14504/32845
Wednesbury North 12292/32845
Darlaston South 11605/32845
Princes End 10697/32845
Bilston North 10480/32845
Short Heath 9994/32845
Bentley and Darlaston North 9686/32845
Willenhall South 8569/32845
Pleck 7479/32845
Bilston East (Worst) 5682/32845
Reader Opinion:

Darlaston - A little ner'do'well Hellhole

Your Health in Darlaston

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Sandwell 1.8% 5.9%
Walsall (Darlaston) 1.68% 5.56%
Wolverhampton 1.66% 5.53%
Lichfield 1.19% 3.93%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Short Heath (Best) 9603/32845
Bilston North 7464/32845
Bilston East 6974/32845
Willenhall South 6863/32845
Darlaston South 6700/32845
Bentley and Darlaston North 6235/32845
Wednesbury North 6051/32845
Friar Park 6033/32845
Pleck 5125/32845
Princes End (Worst) 4716/32845
Reader Opinion:

Darlaston and Walsall: They need help

Deprivation in Darlaston

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 Darlaston. 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
Short Heath (Best) 11703/32845
Wednesbury North 7152/32845
Willenhall South 6372/32845
Bilston North 6324/32845
Princes End 5733/32845
Friar Park 5237/32845
Bentley and Darlaston North 5083/32845
Bilston East 4899/32845
Darlaston South 4360/32845
Pleck (Worst) 3468/32845

Average rent in Darlaston

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Darlaston

If you are thinking of moving to Darlaston, 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.