Is Ferndown, Dorset a nice place to live?

Is Ferndown a nice place to live or is Ferndown rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Ferndown 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 Ferndown truly a nice place to live, or are Verwood, Wimborne Minster and Ringwood a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Ferndown?

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 Ferndown. 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
Dudsbury 20
Parley Green 13
Ferndown 12
Hampreston 12
Longham 10
Little Canford 7
Ameysford 6
St Leonards 1
Grange Estate 0
Holt Heath 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Ferndown. 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 Ferndown 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 Ferndown North ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Ferndown North (Best) 30111/32845
West Parley 29853/32845
Colehill & Wimborne Minster East 27933/32845
Ferndown South 27026/32845
St Leonards & St Ives 25089/32845
Commons 24532/32845
West Moors & Three Legged Cross 24514/32845
Muscliff & Strouden Park 20903/32845
Redhill & Northbourne 20316/32845
Kinson (Worst) 12645/32845
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Your Health in Ferndown

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Southampton 1.2% 3.89%
New Forest 1.08% 3.81%

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

Ward Average rank in England
St Leonards & St Ives (Best) 30342/32845
West Parley 29765/32845
Colehill & Wimborne Minster East 27321/32845
Ferndown North 26266/32845
Ferndown South 25495/32845
West Moors & Three Legged Cross 24792/32845
Commons 22432/32845
Redhill & Northbourne 17225/32845
Muscliff & Strouden Park 15212/32845
Kinson (Worst) 9432/32845
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Deprivation in Ferndown

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 Ferndown. 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
West Parley (Best) 30748/32845
Colehill & Wimborne Minster East 27017/32845
Ferndown North 25852/32845
St Leonards & St Ives 24819/32845
Ferndown South 23792/32845
Commons 23278/32845
West Moors & Three Legged Cross 20477/32845
Redhill & Northbourne 20457/32845
Muscliff & Strouden Park 18217/32845
Kinson (Worst) 8766/32845

Average rent in Ferndown

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Ferndown

If you are thinking of moving to Ferndown, 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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