Is Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire a nice place to live?

Is Milton Keynes a nice place to live or is Milton Keynes rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes truly a nice place to live, or are Bletchley, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton and Greenleys a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Milton Keynes?

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 Milton Keynes. 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
Milton Keynes 196
Fishermead 196
Conniburrow 187
Oakgrove 166
Springfield 166
Neath Hill 162
Oldbrook 130
Eaglestone 122
Downhead Park 116
Heelands 74

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Milton Keynes. 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 Milton Keynes 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 Newport Pagnell South ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Newport Pagnell South (Best) 23380/32845
Bletchley West 20509/32845
Shenley Brook End 20254/32845
Broughton 19987/32845
Bradwell 19015/32845
Stantonbury 17481/32845
Campbell Park & Old Woughton 16076/32845
Wolverton 11824/32845
Central Milton Keynes 10683/32845
Woughton & Fishermead (Worst) 8017/32845
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Your Health in Milton Keynes

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Luton 1.2% 3.73%
Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes) 0.94% 3.2%
Bedford 0.98% 3.55%
South Northamptonshire 0.77% 2.64%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Broughton (Best) 23464/32845
Shenley Brook End 21160/32845
Newport Pagnell South 19942/32845
Wolverton 18261/32845
Bletchley West 17966/32845
Campbell Park & Old Woughton 16356/32845
Bradwell 15386/32845
Central Milton Keynes 15177/32845
Stantonbury 15040/32845
Woughton & Fishermead (Worst) 9561/32845
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Deprivation in Milton Keynes

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 Milton Keynes. 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
Broughton (Best) 24372/32845
Newport Pagnell South 23416/32845
Shenley Brook End 23007/32845
Bletchley West 18018/32845
Bradwell 16746/32845
Campbell Park & Old Woughton 16232/32845
Stantonbury 16151/32845
Wolverton 16007/32845
Central Milton Keynes 12809/32845
Woughton & Fishermead (Worst) 7660/32845

Average rent in Milton Keynes

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Milton Keynes

If you are thinking of moving to Milton Keynes, 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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