Is Gateshead, Tyne and Wear a nice place to live?

Is Gateshead a nice place to live or is Gateshead rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Gateshead 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 Gateshead truly a nice place to live, or are Dunston, Newcastle upon Tyne and Windy Nook a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Gateshead?

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 Gateshead. 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
Newcastle upon Tyne 396
Byker 169
Felling Shore 159
St Peter’s 159
Carr Hill 139
Bensham 120
Saltwell 114
Felling 113
Old Fold 109
Teams 77

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Gateshead. 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 Gateshead 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 South Jesmond ward.

Ward Average rank in England
South Jesmond (Best) 16610/32845
Ouseburn 10503/32845
Arthur's Hill 8085/32845
Monument 7605/32845
Elswick 3849/32845
Bridges 3074/32845
Felling 2778/32845
Saltwell 2255/32845
Deckham 2036/32845
Byker (Worst) 1517/32845
Reader Opinion:

Newcastle, geordies mock Sunderland, it's just as bad!

Your Health in Gateshead

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Newcastle upon Tyne 1.55% 5.28%
North Tyneside 1.5% 5.3%
South Tyneside 1.91% 6.34%

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

Ward Average rank in England
South Jesmond (Best) 9969/32845
Ouseburn 5332/32845
Saltwell 4729/32845
Arthur's Hill 4486/32845
Monument 3977/32845
Deckham 3920/32845
Bridges 2716/32845
Felling 1765/32845
Elswick 1628/32845
Byker (Worst) 769/32845
Reader Opinion:

Gateshead hosts some of the finest run down council estates in the NE

Deprivation in Gateshead

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 Gateshead. 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 Jesmond (Best) 23311/32845
Ouseburn 14129/32845
Monument 9969/32845
Arthur's Hill 9138/32845
Saltwell 6332/32845
Deckham 5884/32845
Bridges 4949/32845
Felling 2334/32845
Elswick 1505/32845
Byker (Worst) 772/32845

Average rent in Gateshead

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Gateshead

If you are thinking of moving to Gateshead, 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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