Is Hertford, Hertfordshire a nice place to live?

Is Hertford a nice place to live or is Hertford rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Hertford 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 Hertford truly a nice place to live, or are Broxbourne, Hoddesdon and Ware a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Hertford?

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 Hertford. 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
Hartham 50
Bengeo 50
Hertford 43
Ware 34
Waterford 21
Rush Green 13
Broadoak End 10
Hertingfordbury 10
Great Amwell 6
Hertford Heath 2

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Hertford. 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 Hertford 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 Ware St Mary's ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Ware St Mary's (Best) 26311/32845
Great Amwell 24141/32845
Ware Chadwell 22422/32845
Ware Trinity 21845/32845
Hertford Bengeo 21687/32845
Ware Christchurch 20612/32845
Panshanger 19358/32845
Hertford Kingsmead 17336/32845
Hertford Castle 17074/32845
Hertford Sele (Worst) 15046/32845
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Your Health in Hertford

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Broxbourne 1.04% 3.59%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ware St Mary's (Best) 31103/32845
Ware Chadwell 30639/32845
Hertford Kingsmead 30545/32845
Hertford Bengeo 30032/32845
Hertford Castle 29408/32845
Great Amwell 29264/32845
Ware Christchurch 28053/32845
Ware Trinity 26564/32845
Hertford Sele 23721/32845
Panshanger (Worst) 19980/32845
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Deprivation in Hertford

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 Hertford. 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
Ware Chadwell (Best) 29561/32845
Hertford Kingsmead 29021/32845
Ware St Mary's 28972/32845
Hertford Bengeo 28490/32845
Hertford Castle 26277/32845
Ware Christchurch 25776/32845
Great Amwell 24348/32845
Ware Trinity 23971/32845
Hertford Sele 20545/32845
Panshanger (Worst) 20543/32845

Average rent in Hertford

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Hertford

If you are thinking of moving to Hertford, 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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