Is Leicester, Leicestershire a nice place to live?

Is Leicester a nice place to live or is Leicester rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Leicester 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 Leicester truly a nice place to live, or are Braunstone Town, Oadby and Wigston Magna a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Leicester?

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 Leicester. 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
Highfields 379
Spinney Hills 337
New Parks 209
Rushey Mead 150
Clarendon Park 133
Knighton Fields 130
Knighton 130
Stoneygate 108
Crown Hills 100
Belgrave 39

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Leicester. 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 Leicester 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 Spinney Hills ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Spinney Hills (Best) 22226/32845
Belgrave 19371/32845
Wycliffe 17191/32845
Stoneygate 15458/32845
North Evington 14590/32845
Castle 7432/32845
Abbey 7326/32845
Fosse 6704/32845
Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields 3610/32845
Westcotes (Worst) 2981/32845
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Your Health in Leicester

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Leicester (Leicester) 1.49% 4.54%
Charnwood 0.89% 3.29%
Blaby 0.88% 3.28%
Oadby and Wigston 1.09% 3.71%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Spinney Hills (Best) 15102/32845
Belgrave 11807/32845
Wycliffe 11608/32845
North Evington 11271/32845
Stoneygate 11248/32845
Fosse 10191/32845
Westcotes 10129/32845
Abbey 9148/32845
Castle 8170/32845
Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields (Worst) 5598/32845
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Deprivation in Leicester

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 Leicester. 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
Castle (Best) 14058/32845
Stoneygate 11713/32845
Spinney Hills 11489/32845
Fosse 11297/32845
Westcotes 11235/32845
Abbey 9280/32845
Belgrave 8964/32845
North Evington 7151/32845
Wycliffe 6066/32845
Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields (Worst) 5807/32845

Average rent in Leicester

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Leicester

If you are thinking of moving to Leicester, 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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