Is Longtown, Herefordshire a nice place to live?

Is Longtown a nice place to live or is Longtown rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Longtown 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 Longtown truly a nice place to live, or are Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Hay on Wye a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Longtown?

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 Longtown. 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
Madley 3
Fine Street 2
Pontrilas 1
Thruxton 1
Penbidwal 0
Pandy 0
Longtown 0
Shenmore 0
Blakemere 0
Cross Ash 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Longtown. 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 Longtown 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 Birch ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Birch (Best) 31297/32845
Golden Valley North 30792/32845
Golden Valley South 30074/32845
Wormside 23873/32845
Crucorney 1794/32845
Crickhowell 1473/32845
Mardy 1066/32845
Croesonen 1016/32845
Cantref 950/32845
Lansdown (Worst) 866/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in Longtown

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Herefordshire, County of (Longtown) 1.17% 4.06%
Torfaen 2.13% 6.55%
Blaenau Gwent 2.54% 8.15%
Monmouthshire 1.36% 4.57%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Birch (Best) 28634/32845
Golden Valley North 25323/32845
Golden Valley South 24858/32845
Wormside 23976/32845
Crickhowell 1792/32845
Crucorney 1713/32845
Mardy 1017/32845
Cantref 949/32845
Lansdown 852/32845
Croesonen (Worst) 577/32845
Reader Opinion:

Oh Longtown... You suck!

Deprivation in Longtown

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 Longtown. 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
Birch (Best) 14863/32845
Golden Valley South 14331/32845
Golden Valley North 13976/32845
Wormside 12753/32845
Crickhowell 1462/32845
Crucorney 1231/32845
Cantref 1000/32845
Mardy 957/32845
Lansdown 892/32845
Croesonen (Worst) 653/32845

Average rent in Longtown

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Longtown

If you are thinking of moving to Longtown, 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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