Is High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire a nice place to live?

Is High Wycombe a nice place to live or is High Wycombe rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that High Wycombe 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 High Wycombe truly a nice place to live, or are Amersham, Beaconsfield and Marlow a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in High Wycombe?

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 High Wycombe. 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
Terriers 140
Totteridge 120
Sands 48
Cressex 38
Downley 33
Four Ashes 29
Tylers Green 22
Handy Cross 18
Beacon Hill 15
Cryers Hill 3

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for High Wycombe. 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 High Wycombe 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 Booker and Cressex ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Booker and Cressex (Best) 24473/32845
Sands 22270/32845
Bowerdean 19716/32845
Terriers and Amersham Hill 18992/32845
Totteridge 18852/32845
Oakridge and Castlefield 18676/32845
Abbey 18524/32845
Ryemead 17830/32845
Micklefield 16982/32845
Disraeli (Worst) 16951/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in High Wycombe

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Aylesbury Vale 0.78% 2.68%
Wycombe (High Wycombe) 0.78% 2.71%
Chiltern 0.7% 2.52%
South Bucks 0.84% 2.93%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ryemead (Best) 27118/32845
Abbey 27026/32845
Sands 26980/32845
Terriers and Amersham Hill 26627/32845
Totteridge 26109/32845
Disraeli 25579/32845
Bowerdean 22788/32845
Micklefield 21190/32845
Booker and Cressex 20862/32845
Oakridge and Castlefield (Worst) 19612/32845
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Deprivation in High Wycombe

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 High Wycombe. 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
Terriers and Amersham Hill (Best) 22793/32845
Abbey 22334/32845
Sands 22326/32845
Totteridge 20169/32845
Ryemead 19490/32845
Disraeli 18490/32845
Booker and Cressex 18195/32845
Bowerdean 15626/32845
Micklefield 12948/32845
Oakridge and Castlefield (Worst) 11381/32845

Average rent in High Wycombe

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in High Wycombe

If you are thinking of moving to High Wycombe, 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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