Is Harrogate, Yorkshire a nice place to live?

Is Harrogate a nice place to live or is Harrogate rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Harrogate 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 Harrogate truly a nice place to live, or are Knaresborough, Otley and Wetherby a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Harrogate?

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 Harrogate. 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
High Harrogate 115
Bilton 93
Harrogate 91
New Park 89
Forest Lane Head 45
Jennyfield 16
Oatlands 13
Harlow Carr 11
Harlow Hill 11
Oakdale 9

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Harrogate. 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 Harrogate 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 Harrogate Harlow ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Harrogate Harlow (Best) 31026/32845
Harrogate St Georges 30999/32845
Harrogate Duchy 28519/32845
Harrogate Bilton Grange 26264/32845
Harrogate High Harrogate 22924/32845
Harrogate Coppice Valley 22155/32845
Harrogate Valley Gardens 21564/32845
Harrogate New Park 20922/32845
Harrogate Kingsley 19243/32845
Harrogate Central (Worst) 17572/32845
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Your Health in Harrogate

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Leeds 1.22% 4.19%
Bradford 1.33% 4.55%
Kirklees 1.25% 4.5%
Harrogate (Harrogate) 0.82% 2.98%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Harrogate Duchy (Best) 29747/32845
Harrogate St Georges 29605/32845
Harrogate Harlow 26915/32845
Harrogate Valley Gardens 22331/32845
Harrogate Bilton Grange 21668/32845
Harrogate Central 21286/32845
Harrogate High Harrogate 19698/32845
Harrogate Coppice Valley 19480/32845
Harrogate New Park 19023/32845
Harrogate Kingsley (Worst) 15846/32845
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Deprivation in Harrogate

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 Harrogate. 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
Harrogate St Georges (Best) 31143/32845
Harrogate Duchy 29179/32845
Harrogate Harlow 28962/32845
Harrogate Bilton Grange 24721/32845
Harrogate Valley Gardens 24346/32845
Harrogate Central 22480/32845
Harrogate Coppice Valley 21784/32845
Harrogate High Harrogate 20240/32845
Harrogate New Park 19927/32845
Harrogate Kingsley (Worst) 19824/32845

Average rent in Harrogate

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Harrogate

If you are thinking of moving to Harrogate, 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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