Is Hitchin, Hertfordshire a nice place to live?

Is Hitchin a nice place to live or is Hitchin rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Hitchin 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 Hitchin truly a nice place to live, or are Arlesey, Letchworth and Stevenage a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Hitchin?

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 Hitchin. 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
Walsworth 49
Hitchin 49
Ickleford 29
Oakfield 28
Hiz 19
Hitchin Hill 18
Great Wymondley 9
St Ippollitts 3
Charlton 2
Gosmore 2

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Hitchin. 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 Hitchin 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 Chesfield ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Chesfield (Best) 26432/32845
Hitchin Walsworth 26023/32845
Hitchin Highbury 23183/32845
Symonds Green 22928/32845
Hitchin Priory 21567/32845
Hitchin Bearton 19689/32845
Cadwell 19623/32845
Letchworth South West 18428/32845
Letchworth Wilbury 17756/32845
Hitchin Oughton (Worst) 11498/32845
Reader Opinion:

Stevenage, looming dirty grey-stone buildings wherever you go

Your Health in Hitchin

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Luton 1.2% 3.73%
Central Bedfordshire 0.84% 3.02%
North Hertfordshire (Hitchin) 0.81% 3.11%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hitchin Priory (Best) 29783/32845
Cadwell 29246/32845
Hitchin Highbury 28433/32845
Hitchin Bearton 27801/32845
Letchworth South West 25288/32845
Chesfield 25262/32845
Hitchin Walsworth 25021/32845
Letchworth Wilbury 21225/32845
Hitchin Oughton 19693/32845
Symonds Green (Worst) 16699/32845
Reader Opinion:

Stevenage is a town where you keep your head down when walking

Deprivation in Hitchin

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 Hitchin. 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
Hitchin Priory (Best) 29829/32845
Hitchin Highbury 29214/32845
Hitchin Bearton 26882/32845
Chesfield 25620/32845
Hitchin Walsworth 25102/32845
Letchworth South West 24500/32845
Cadwell 20128/32845
Letchworth Wilbury 17913/32845
Hitchin Oughton 16285/32845
Symonds Green (Worst) 15631/32845

Average rent in Hitchin

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Hitchin

If you are thinking of moving to Hitchin, 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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