Is Manchester, Greater Manchester a nice place to live?

Is Manchester a nice place to live or is Manchester rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Manchester 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 Manchester truly a nice place to live, or are Salford, Tyldsley and Failsworth a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Manchester?

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 Manchester. 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
Strangeways 10
Ancoats 10
Brunswick 9
Ardwick 9
Beswick 8
Lower Broughton 3
Miles Platting 2
Cheetham / Cheetham Hill 1
Collyhurst 1
Manchester 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Manchester. 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 Manchester 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 Clifford ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Clifford (Best) 11605/32845
Hulme 5721/32845
Ardwick 4537/32845
Deansgate 3409/32845
Broughton 3328/32845
Ancoats & Beswick 3054/32845
Cheetham 2426/32845
Langworthy 1708/32845
Piccadilly 1324/32845
Harpurhey (Worst) 765/32845
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Your Health in Manchester

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Manchester (Manchester) 1.72% 5.37%
Tameside 1.6% 5.7%
Oldham 1.52% 5.42%
Trafford 1.13% 4.09%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Deansgate (Best) 9134/32845
Clifford 8351/32845
Piccadilly 6509/32845
Cheetham 4543/32845
Hulme 3561/32845
Broughton 2277/32845
Ancoats & Beswick 2155/32845
Harpurhey 1875/32845
Ardwick 1863/32845
Langworthy (Worst) 1415/32845
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Deprivation in Manchester

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 Manchester. 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
Deansgate (Best) 11483/32845
Piccadilly 9818/32845
Hulme 8591/32845
Clifford 7102/32845
Ancoats & Beswick 6035/32845
Ardwick 4696/32845
Cheetham 4441/32845
Broughton 4031/32845
Langworthy 2674/32845
Harpurhey (Worst) 1857/32845

Average rent in Manchester

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Manchester

If you are thinking of moving to Manchester, 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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