Is Northampton, Northamptonshire a nice place to live?

Is Northampton a nice place to live or is Northampton rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Northampton 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 Northampton truly a nice place to live, or are Olney, Towcester and Wellingborough a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Northampton?

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 Northampton. 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
Abington 239
St James’s End 212
Spinney Hill 151
Dallington 123
Abington Vale 110
Boothville 94
Far Cotton 79
Briar Hill 73
Duston 67
Hardingstone 60

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Northampton. 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 Northampton 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 Rushmills ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Rushmills (Best) 16948/32845
Kingsley 7795/32845
Spencer 7451/32845
Phippsville 7059/32845
Semilong 6142/32845
Trinity 5682/32845
St James 5544/32845
Abington 5238/32845
Delapre and Briar Hill 4618/32845
Castle (Worst) 2477/32845
Reader Opinion:

Rugby aka Drugby

Your Health in Northampton

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Northampton (Northampton) 1.03% 3.61%
Wellingborough 1.16% 3.95%
Daventry 0.91% 3.31%
South Northamptonshire 0.77% 2.64%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Rushmills (Best) 12857/32845
Phippsville 12706/32845
Abington 10488/32845
Delapre and Briar Hill 10451/32845
St James 8356/32845
Trinity 8026/32845
Kingsley 7488/32845
Semilong 6606/32845
Castle 5402/32845
Spencer (Worst) 5329/32845
Reader Opinion:

Northampton: dangerous at night, unpleasant during the day

Deprivation in Northampton

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 Northampton. 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
Rushmills (Best) 17812/32845
Phippsville 14589/32845
Abington 12989/32845
Delapre and Briar Hill 11587/32845
Kingsley 11193/32845
Trinity 10907/32845
St James 10163/32845
Semilong 9108/32845
Spencer 6813/32845
Castle (Worst) 6546/32845

Average rent in Northampton

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Northampton

If you are thinking of moving to Northampton, 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.