Is Derby, Derbyshire a nice place to live?

Is Derby a nice place to live or is Derby rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Derby 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 Derby truly a nice place to live, or are Belper, Melbourne and Over Woodhouse a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Derby?

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 Derby. 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
Markeaton Brook 369
Little Chester 300
Litchurch 296
Pear Tree 204
St Luke’s 166
Oakwood 101
Markeaton 97
Breadsall Hilltop 43
Allestree 33
Cherrytree Hill 28

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Derby. 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 Derby 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 Allestree ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Allestree (Best) 29143/32845
Blagreaves 25570/32845
Chaddesden 19882/32845
Derwent 15203/32845
Mackworth 12571/32845
Alvaston 12068/32845
Darley 12023/32845
Normanton 11129/32845
Abbey 10582/32845
Arboretum (Worst) 6096/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bulwell: a market town... mostly down market

Your Health in Derby

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Derby (Derby) 1.31% 4.59%
Amber Valley 1.26% 4.75%
Erewash 1.28% 4.35%
South Derbyshire 1.05% 3.85%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Allestree (Best) 20754/32845
Blagreaves 14197/32845
Darley 10559/32845
Chaddesden 9242/32845
Alvaston 7042/32845
Abbey 6610/32845
Mackworth 6517/32845
Normanton 6257/32845
Derwent 5360/32845
Arboretum (Worst) 3944/32845
Reader Opinion:

Keighley a.k.a K-towwwwn

Deprivation in Derby

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 Derby. 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
Allestree (Best) 30266/32845
Blagreaves 19386/32845
Darley 16113/32845
Chaddesden 12738/32845
Abbey 8723/32845
Mackworth 8455/32845
Alvaston 7836/32845
Derwent 7033/32845
Normanton 4184/32845
Arboretum (Worst) 2223/32845

Average rent in Derby

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Derby

If you are thinking of moving to Derby, 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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