Is March, Cambridgeshire a nice place to live?

Is March a nice place to live or is March rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that March 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 March truly a nice place to live, or are Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in March?

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 March. 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
Badgeney 43
Norwoodside 42
March 37
Little London 37
Peas Hill 28
Town End 10
Hook 5
Stonea 1
Knight’s End 0
Iron Bridge 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for March. 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 March 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 Downham Villages ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Downham Villages (Best) 27432/32845
Doddington & Wimblington 25126/32845
Benwick, Coates & Eastrea 22841/32845
March West 20321/32845
Ramsey 20132/32845
March East 18108/32845
March North 17651/32845
Elm & Christchurch 16338/32845
Slade Lode 13039/32845
Reader Opinion:

Wisbech, I came pretty close to sliding into depression

Your Health in March

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Peterborough 1.13% 4.04%
King`s Lynn and West Norfolk 1.31% 4.8%
Fenland (March) 1.36% 4.82%
East Cambridgeshire 0.85% 3.12%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Downham Villages (Best) 28150/32845
Ramsey 19696/32845
Doddington & Wimblington 13959/32845
Benwick, Coates & Eastrea 12553/32845
Slade Lode 10631/32845
March West 9747/32845
March East 8626/32845
March North 7642/32845
Elm & Christchurch 7299/32845
Reader Opinion:

Peterborough: Santa Claus is not coming to town

Deprivation in March

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 March. 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
Doddington & Wimblington (Best) 20637/32845
Downham Villages 20531/32845
Ramsey 18422/32845
Benwick, Coates & Eastrea 14717/32845
March West 14530/32845
Slade Lode 12139/32845
March North 11840/32845
March East 11139/32845
Elm & Christchurch 8774/32845

Average rent in March

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in March

If you are thinking of moving to March, 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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