Is Dudley, West Midlands a nice place to live?

Is Dudley a nice place to live or is Dudley rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Dudley 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 Dudley truly a nice place to live, or are Gornal, Rowley Regis and Tipton a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Dudley?

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 Dudley. 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
Dudley 146
Eve Hill 146
Burnt Tree 132
Kates Hill 132
Tansley Hill 123
Tipton 117
Tipton Green 117
Tividale 105
Dudley Port 104
Oakham 100

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Dudley. 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 Dudley 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 Gornal ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Gornal (Best) 19341/32845
Coseley East 14856/32845
Upper Gornal and Woodsetton 14760/32845
St James's 14148/32845
Brockmoor and Pensnett 13455/32845
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews 13133/32845
Tividale 13039/32845
Castle and Priory 13025/32845
St Thomas's 10983/32845
Tipton Green (Worst) 9902/32845
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Your Health in Dudley

If you are thinking of moving to Dudley, 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 Dudley 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 1.68% 5.56%
Dudley (Dudley) 1.42% 5.09%
Wolverhampton 1.66% 5.53%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Gornal (Best) 13963/32845
Coseley East 10960/32845
Upper Gornal and Woodsetton 10647/32845
Tividale 9686/32845
St James's 8768/32845
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews 7338/32845
Brockmoor and Pensnett 7051/32845
Castle and Priory 6775/32845
St Thomas's 6375/32845
Tipton Green (Worst) 5500/32845
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Deprivation in Dudley

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 Dudley. 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
Gornal (Best) 16878/32845
Coseley East 11807/32845
Upper Gornal and Woodsetton 11734/32845
St James's 10976/32845
Tividale 10833/32845
Castle and Priory 8096/32845
Brockmoor and Pensnett 7618/32845
Tipton Green 6573/32845
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews 5462/32845
St Thomas's (Worst) 4588/32845

Average rent in Dudley

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Dudley

If you are thinking of moving to Dudley, 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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