Is Durham, Durham a nice place to live?

Is Durham a nice place to live or is Durham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Durham 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 Durham truly a nice place to live, or are Bishop Auckland, Crook and Eastington a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Durham?

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 Durham. 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
Etherley Dene 4
Tindale Crescent 3
New Hunwick 2
Toronto 1
Wear 1
High Grange 1
Escomb 1
High Etherley 1
Toft Hill 1
Fir Tree 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Durham. 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 Durham 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 West Auckland ward.

Ward Average rank in England
West Auckland (Best) 15552/32845
Crook 15376/32845
Evenwood 14622/32845
Spennymoor 11459/32845
Tow Law 9511/32845
Willington and Hunwick 9067/32845
Bishop Auckland Town 8628/32845
Coundon 5136/32845
Woodhouse Close 4740/32845
Shildon and Dene Valley (Worst) 3690/32845
Reader Opinion:

Words fail me when it comes to describe Peterlee

Your Health in Durham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
County Durham (Durham) 1.82% 6.35%
Stockton-on-Tees 1.48% 4.85%
Hartlepool 1.85% 6.29%
Darlington 1.36% 4.51%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Spennymoor (Best) 9316/32845
Evenwood 9202/32845
West Auckland 7851/32845
Crook 7051/32845
Willington and Hunwick 6652/32845
Bishop Auckland Town 6482/32845
Tow Law 5939/32845
Coundon 4497/32845
Shildon and Dene Valley 4337/32845
Woodhouse Close (Worst) 2472/32845
Reader Opinion:

Darlington, full of old men who still think they're 20 but are closer to 50

Deprivation in Durham

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 Durham. 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
Spennymoor (Best) 14088/32845
Evenwood 12640/32845
West Auckland 12561/32845
Bishop Auckland Town 12223/32845
Crook 10372/32845
Willington and Hunwick 10253/32845
Tow Law 7685/32845
Coundon 4908/32845
Shildon and Dene Valley 4561/32845
Woodhouse Close (Worst) 4081/32845

Average rent in Durham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Durham

If you are thinking of moving to Durham, 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.