Is Guildford, Surrey a nice place to live?

Is Guildford a nice place to live or is Guildford rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Guildford 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 Guildford truly a nice place to live, or are Beltchingley, Godalming and Gratton a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Guildford?

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 Guildford. 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
Abbotswood 107
Stoughton 82
Jacobs Well 69
Rydeshill 51
Park Barn 46
Bellfields 30
Burpham 26
Bushy Hill 20
Littleton 9
Artington 3

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Guildford. 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 Guildford 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 Onslow ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Onslow (Best) 29835/32845
Shalford 29247/32845
Merrow 28283/32845
Stoughton 24629/32845
Burpham 24328/32845
Christchurch 24275/32845
Holy Trinity 21319/32845
Westborough 16196/32845
Stoke 14424/32845
Friary and St Nicolas (Worst) 10906/32845
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Your Health in Guildford

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Guildford (Guildford) 0.67% 2.48%
Rushmoor 0.82% 2.8%
Woking 0.77% 2.62%
Surrey Heath 0.74% 2.49%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Christchurch (Best) 32168/32845
Burpham 30778/32845
Onslow 29675/32845
Stoughton 28538/32845
Merrow 28487/32845
Holy Trinity 28275/32845
Shalford 27559/32845
Friary and St Nicolas 24660/32845
Westborough 18089/32845
Stoke (Worst) 14639/32845
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Deprivation in Guildford

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 Guildford. 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
Burpham (Best) 31402/32845
Christchurch 31339/32845
Onslow 29947/32845
Merrow 29205/32845
Stoughton 29198/32845
Holy Trinity 27019/32845
Shalford 26692/32845
Friary and St Nicolas 24217/32845
Westborough 19040/32845
Stoke (Worst) 12886/32845

Average rent in Guildford

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Guildford

If you are thinking of moving to Guildford, 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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