Is Darlington, Durham a nice place to live?

Is Darlington a nice place to live or is Darlington rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Darlington 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 Darlington truly a nice place to live, or are Eaglescliffe, Newton Aycliffe and Shildon a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Darlington?

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 Darlington. 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
Harrowgate Hill 10
Firth Moor 7
Great Burdon 4
Harrowgate Village 3
Faverdale 1
Cockerton 1
Black Banks 1
Barmpton 0
Beaumont Hill 0
Blackwell 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Darlington. 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 Darlington 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 Hummersknott ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Hummersknott (Best) 18753/32845
College 8756/32845
Park West 5947/32845
Stephenson 4927/32845
North Road 4863/32845
Eastbourne 4414/32845
Pierremont 3852/32845
Park East 2456/32845
Bank Top & Lascelles 2450/32845
Northgate (Worst) 2169/32845
Reader Opinion:

Mixed bag for Darlington (Darlo)

Your Health in Darlington

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Stockton-on-Tees 1.48% 4.85%
Darlington (Darlington) 1.36% 4.51%
Hambleton 0.97% 3.33%
Richmondshire 0.76% 2.93%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hummersknott (Best) 18658/32845
College 12969/32845
Park West 11135/32845
Pierremont 9567/32845
North Road 5972/32845
Park East 5654/32845
Eastbourne 5414/32845
Stephenson 4902/32845
Northgate 4071/32845
Bank Top & Lascelles (Worst) 3032/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedale is the red and grey brick cyst on the face of the otherwise picturesque Yorkshire dales

Deprivation in Darlington

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 Darlington. 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
Hummersknott (Best) 29701/32845
College 19511/32845
Park West 16445/32845
Pierremont 10932/32845
North Road 8885/32845
Eastbourne 7894/32845
Park East 5964/32845
Stephenson 5784/32845
Bank Top & Lascelles 4488/32845
Northgate (Worst) 4149/32845

Average rent in Darlington

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Darlington

If you are thinking of moving to Darlington, 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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