Is Exeter, Devon a nice place to live?

Is Exeter a nice place to live or is Exeter rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Exeter 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 Exeter truly a nice place to live, or are Crediton, Dawlish and Topsham a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Exeter?

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 Exeter. 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
Exeter 5
Duryard 5
Exwick 4
Pennsylvania 1
Redhills 0
Monkerton 0
Pinhoe 0
Polsloe 0
Stoke Hill 0
Heavitree 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Exeter. 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 Exeter 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 St Loyes ward.

Ward Average rank in England
St Loyes (Best) 26521/32845
Heavitree 23146/32845
Priory 21735/32845
Pennsylvania 21687/32845
Newtown and St Leonard's 18710/32845
Exwick 18280/32845
St Thomas 18240/32845
Duryard and St James 18046/32845
Mincinglake and Whipton 16511/32845
St David's (Worst) 14812/32845
Reader Opinion:

Dawlish Warren, Devon... a.k.a Watership Downer

Your Health in Exeter

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Teignbridge 1.25% 4.24%
Exeter (Exeter) 1.1% 3.68%
North Devon 1.27% 4.34%
West Devon 1.18% 3.96%

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

Ward Average rank in England
St Loyes (Best) 21112/32845
Pennsylvania 18591/32845
Heavitree 17798/32845
St Thomas 16403/32845
Exwick 16132/32845
Newtown and St Leonard's 15877/32845
Duryard and St James 15779/32845
Mincinglake and Whipton 15389/32845
Priory 15204/32845
St David's (Worst) 14897/32845
Reader Opinion:

Exeter - The Wild west

Deprivation in Exeter

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 Exeter. 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
Pennsylvania (Best) 22996/32845
St Loyes 22172/32845
Duryard and St James 21822/32845
Heavitree 20861/32845
Newtown and St Leonard's 20363/32845
St Thomas 17459/32845
Exwick 16668/32845
St David's 16198/32845
Priory 15714/32845
Mincinglake and Whipton (Worst) 14373/32845

Average rent in Exeter

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Exeter

If you are thinking of moving to Exeter, 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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