Is Harpenden, Hertfordshire a nice place to live?

Is Harpenden a nice place to live or is Harpenden rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Harpenden 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 Harpenden truly a nice place to live, or are Luton, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Harpenden?

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 Harpenden. 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
Batford 15
Lea Valley 9
Harpenden 8
Cold Harbour 8
Bower Heath 8
The Folly 7
Harpenden Common 6
Lea (Lee) 4
Leasey Bridge 1
Hatching Green 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Harpenden South (Best) 29772/32845
Kimpton 28751/32845
Harpenden North 26085/32845
Marshalswick South 25272/32845
Wheathampstead 23275/32845
Harpenden East 23021/32845
Harpenden West 22764/32845
Sandridge 21869/32845
Codicote 21642/32845
Batchwood (Worst) 12845/32845
Reader Opinion:

Hatfield, take the average new town. Kick it about a bit & remove all the leisure amenities

Your Health in Harpenden

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Central Bedfordshire 0.84% 3.02%
Dacorum 0.87% 3.16%
North Hertfordshire 0.81% 3.11%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Harpenden West (Best) 32425/32845
Marshalswick South 32241/32845
Harpenden North 31796/32845
Harpenden South 31724/32845
Kimpton 30995/32845
Sandridge 30742/32845
Wheathampstead 30650/32845
Harpenden East 29242/32845
Codicote 26507/32845
Batchwood (Worst) 24921/32845
Reader Opinion:

Luton in Chatham is the festering cesspit of Medway

Deprivation in Harpenden

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 Harpenden. 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
Harpenden West (Best) 31975/32845
Marshalswick South 31491/32845
Harpenden South 31090/32845
Harpenden North 30844/32845
Kimpton 29770/32845
Sandridge 28775/32845
Harpenden East 27710/32845
Codicote 26797/32845
Wheathampstead 26750/32845
Batchwood (Worst) 20101/32845

Average rent in Harpenden

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Harpenden

If you are thinking of moving to Harpenden, 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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