Is Kendal, Cumbria a nice place to live?

Is Kendal a nice place to live or is Kendal rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Kendal 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 Kendal truly a nice place to live, or are Milnthorpe, Staveley and Windermere a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Kendal?

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 Kendal. 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
Kendal 50
Lancaster Canal 46
Mintsfeet 37
Kentrigg 37
Burneside 9
Bowston 4
Brigsteer 2
Barrows Green 0
Meal Bank 0
Plantation Bridge 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Kendal. 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 Kendal 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 Kendal South & Natland ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Kendal South & Natland (Best) 31658/32845
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale 29908/32845
Arnside & Milnthorpe 29227/32845
Kendal West 28919/32845
Kendal Rural 28248/32845
Bowness & Levens 27933/32845
Windermere 27490/32845
Kendal East 27141/32845
Kendal North 23103/32845
Kendal Town (Worst) 20038/32845
Reader Opinion:

Kendal - Cumbria's knock off Lancaster

Your Health in Kendal

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Lancaster 1.3% 4.49%
Allerdale 1.31% 4.94%
Barrow-in-Furness 1.8% 6.57%
South Lakeland (Kendal) 0.96% 3.57%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Kendal Rural (Best) 27197/32845
Bowness & Levens 25975/32845
Kendal South & Natland 24989/32845
Arnside & Milnthorpe 24437/32845
Windermere 24271/32845
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale 22597/32845
Kendal East 21356/32845
Kendal North 20783/32845
Kendal Town 20142/32845
Kendal West (Worst) 18992/32845
Reader Opinion:

Burneside: a welcome to the Lakes

Deprivation in Kendal

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 Kendal. 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
Kendal South & Natland (Best) 27865/32845
Arnside & Milnthorpe 24367/32845
Kendal East 24080/32845
Windermere 22710/32845
Kendal West 22398/32845
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale 22020/32845
Kendal Town 21461/32845
Bowness & Levens 21005/32845
Kendal North 19134/32845
Kendal Rural (Worst) 18667/32845

Average rent in Kendal

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Kendal

If you are thinking of moving to Kendal, 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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