Is Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear a nice place to live?

Is Newcastle upon Tyne a nice place to live or is Newcastle upon Tyne rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Newcastle upon Tyne 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 Newcastle upon Tyne truly a nice place to live, or are Dunston, Gateshead and Longbenton a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Newcastle upon Tyne?

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 Newcastle upon Tyne. 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
Newcastle upon Tyne 462
Spital Tongues 273
St Peter’s 204
Felling Shore 165
Fenham 158
Jesmond 154
Heaton 105
South Gosforth 50
Bensham 39
Byker 34

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Newcastle upon Tyne. 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 Newcastle upon Tyne 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 Manor Park ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Manor Park (Best) 24062/32845
Gosforth 18760/32845
North Jesmond 17763/32845
South Jesmond 16610/32845
Ouseburn 10503/32845
Wingrove 9217/32845
Arthur's Hill 8085/32845
Monument 7605/32845
Elswick 3849/32845
Byker (Worst) 1517/32845
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Your Health in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Sunderland 1.99% 6.59%
Newcastle upon Tyne (Newcastle upon Tyne) 1.55% 5.28%
North Tyneside 1.5% 5.3%
South Tyneside 1.91% 6.34%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Gosforth (Best) 18012/32845
Manor Park 14570/32845
North Jesmond 13724/32845
South Jesmond 9969/32845
Wingrove 7203/32845
Ouseburn 5332/32845
Arthur's Hill 4486/32845
Monument 3977/32845
Elswick 1628/32845
Byker (Worst) 769/32845
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Deprivation in Newcastle upon Tyne

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 Newcastle upon Tyne. 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
North Jesmond (Best) 27165/32845
Gosforth 25588/32845
South Jesmond 23311/32845
Manor Park 22204/32845
Ouseburn 14129/32845
Wingrove 12045/32845
Monument 9969/32845
Arthur's Hill 9138/32845
Elswick 1505/32845
Byker (Worst) 772/32845

Average rent in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Newcastle upon Tyne

If you are thinking of moving to Newcastle upon Tyne, 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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