Is Horwich, Greater Manchester a nice place to live?

Is Horwich a nice place to live or is Horwich rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Horwich 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 Horwich truly a nice place to live, or are Blackrod, Westhoughton and Adlington a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Horwich?

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 Horwich. 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
Grimeford Village 10
Horwich 0
Wallsuches 0
Montcliffe 0
Bottom o’ th’ Moor 0
Blackrod 0
Cooper Turning 0
Lostock 0
Johnson Fold 0
Barrow Bridge 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Horwich. 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 Horwich 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 Adlington and Anderton ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Adlington and Anderton (Best) 20309/32845
Heath Charnock and Rivington 17076/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 16286/32845
Aspull New Springs Whelley 15176/32845
Westhoughton South 14708/32845
Heaton and Lostock 13540/32845
Horwich and Blackrod 13259/32845
Horwich North East 9123/32845
Smithills 6570/32845
Hulton (Worst) 6250/32845
Reader Opinion:

Never in all of my years have I experienced a place like Westhoughton

Your Health in Horwich

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Wigan 1.49% 5.7%
Salford 1.7% 5.87%
Bolton (Horwich) 1.4% 5.23%
Chorley 1.22% 4.31%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Heath Charnock and Rivington (Best) 22297/32845
Heaton and Lostock 17416/32845
Adlington and Anderton 16283/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 15306/32845
Hulton 11863/32845
Smithills 11764/32845
Horwich and Blackrod 11088/32845
Horwich North East 10828/32845
Westhoughton South 9964/32845
Aspull New Springs Whelley (Worst) 9480/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bolton is a dump

Deprivation in Horwich

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 Horwich. 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
Heath Charnock and Rivington (Best) 23122/32845
Heaton and Lostock 21872/32845
Adlington and Anderton 21639/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 20778/32845
Horwich and Blackrod 16058/32845
Aspull New Springs Whelley 15865/32845
Westhoughton South 15673/32845
Horwich North East 13755/32845
Hulton 13675/32845
Smithills (Worst) 12789/32845

Average rent in Horwich

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Horwich

If you are thinking of moving to Horwich, 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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