Is Nelson, Lancashire a nice place to live?

Is Nelson a nice place to live or is Nelson rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Nelson 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 Nelson truly a nice place to live, or are Brierfield, Burnley and Colne a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Nelson?

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 Nelson. 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
Nelson 137
Newbridge 109
Marsden Height 95
Little Marsden 93
Pendle Water 86
Church Clough 63
Lowerford 63
Barrowford 63
Higherford 36
Lomeshaye 35

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Nelson. 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 Nelson 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 Barrowford ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Barrowford (Best) 23182/32845
Briercliffe 18248/32845
Brierfield 11666/32845
Reedley 10304/32845
Clover Hill 10156/32845
Whitefield 9825/32845
Walverden 8353/32845
Lanehead 8210/32845
Bradley 7608/32845
Waterside (Worst) 6725/32845
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Your Health in Nelson

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Burnley 1.73% 5.99%
Pendle (Nelson) 1.46% 5.5%
Craven 0.93% 3.56%
Ribble Valley 0.85% 3.16%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Barrowford (Best) 13208/32845
Briercliffe 10797/32845
Reedley 7214/32845
Lanehead 6576/32845
Clover Hill 6399/32845
Walverden 6003/32845
Waterside 4616/32845
Brierfield 4350/32845
Whitefield 3224/32845
Bradley (Worst) 2306/32845
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Deprivation in Nelson

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 Nelson. 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
Barrowford (Best) 21381/32845
Briercliffe 18846/32845
Reedley 11601/32845
Lanehead 8451/32845
Walverden 6264/32845
Waterside 5410/32845
Brierfield 5382/32845
Clover Hill 5311/32845
Whitefield 2338/32845
Bradley (Worst) 1960/32845

Average rent in Nelson

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Nelson

If you are thinking of moving to Nelson, 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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