Is Downham Market, Norfolk a nice place to live?

Is Downham Market a nice place to live or is Downham Market rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Downham Market 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 Downham Market truly a nice place to live, or are March, Wisbech and King's Lynn a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Downham Market?

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 Downham Market. 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
Downham Market 28
Broomhill 25
Cut-off Canal 18
Stow Bardolph 7
Bexwell 5
Fordham 0
Salters Lode 0
Stowbridge 0
Crimplesham 0
New Bedford River 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Downham Market. 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 Downham Market 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 Watlington ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Watlington (Best) 30988/32845
South Downham 30736/32845
Wissey 28680/32845
Feltwell 27708/32845
Upwell & Delph 25670/32845
North Downham 24797/32845
Methwold 24670/32845
East Downham 23214/32845
Downham Old Town 21850/32845
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Your Health in Downham Market

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

Town Very Bad Bad
King`s Lynn and West Norfolk (Downham Market) 1.31% 4.8%
Fenland 1.36% 4.82%
East Cambridgeshire 0.85% 3.12%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wissey (Best) 17594/32845
Methwold 17161/32845
Feltwell 13125/32845
Watlington 11720/32845
South Downham 11522/32845
North Downham 11238/32845
East Downham 11067/32845
Upwell & Delph 10835/32845
Downham Old Town 10302/32845
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Deprivation in Downham Market

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 Downham Market. 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
South Downham (Best) 16097/32845
North Downham 16093/32845
East Downham 15424/32845
Methwold 15269/32845
Downham Old Town 14575/32845
Watlington 14089/32845
Wissey 14029/32845
Feltwell 13775/32845
Upwell & Delph 9618/32845

Average rent in Downham Market

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Downham Market

If you are thinking of moving to Downham Market, 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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