Is Melksham, Wiltshire a nice place to live?

Is Melksham a nice place to live or is Melksham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Melksham 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 Melksham truly a nice place to live, or are Bradford on Avon, Corsham and Trowbridge a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Melksham?

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 Melksham. 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
Beanacre 28
Bowerhill 18
Redstocks 6
Great Hinton 5
Littleton 4
Berryfield 2
Lacock 1
Broughton Gifford 0
Great Chalfield 0
Atworth 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Melksham. 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 Melksham 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 Box and Colerne ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Box and Colerne (Best) 27537/32845
Melksham Without North 27408/32845
Melksham Without South 25119/32845
Hilperton 22013/32845
Trowbridge Paxcroft 17805/32845
Melksham North 16945/32845
Melksham Central 16235/32845
Melksham South 15796/32845
Trowbridge Adcroft 11895/32845
Trowbridge Park (Worst) 10313/32845
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Your Health in Melksham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Wiltshire (Melksham) 0.87% 3.18%
South Gloucestershire 0.93% 3.26%
Bath and North East Somerset 0.91% 3.31%
Mendip 1.01% 3.79%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Trowbridge Paxcroft (Best) 28706/32845
Melksham Without North 27734/32845
Hilperton 27550/32845
Box and Colerne 26771/32845
Melksham Without South 25532/32845
Trowbridge Park 22166/32845
Trowbridge Adcroft 21482/32845
Melksham South 18183/32845
Melksham North 16688/32845
Melksham Central (Worst) 16084/32845
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Deprivation in Melksham

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 Melksham. 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
Melksham Without North (Best) 25643/32845
Box and Colerne 25431/32845
Hilperton 23820/32845
Melksham Without South 22595/32845
Trowbridge Paxcroft 21641/32845
Melksham South 20269/32845
Trowbridge Adcroft 15830/32845
Melksham Central 15534/32845
Trowbridge Park 15280/32845
Melksham North (Worst) 13273/32845

Average rent in Melksham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Melksham

If you are thinking of moving to Melksham, 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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