Is Ongar, Essex a nice place to live?

Is Ongar a nice place to live or is Ongar rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Ongar 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 Ongar truly a nice place to live, or are Brentwood, Epping and Ingatestone a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Ongar?

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 Ongar. 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
Chipping Ongar 8
Marden Ash 7
Hallsford Bridge 7
Shelley 2
Fyfield 2
Norton Mandeville 2
Cannon’s Green 1
Greensted Green 1
Pedlars End 0
Greensted 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Ongar. 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 Ongar 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 Tipps Cross ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Tipps Cross (Best) 24713/32845
Brizes and Doddinghurst 22816/32845
Shenfield 18910/32845
Moreton and Fyfield 17679/32845
High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings 16861/32845
Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash 15076/32845
Pilgrims Hatch 14024/32845
North Weald Bassett 13478/32845
Shelley 12144/32845
Passingford (Worst) 5635/32845
Reader Opinion:

Harlow - Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter...

Your Health in Ongar

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Havering 1.17% 3.99%
Epping Forest (Ongar) 1.04% 3.56%
Harlow 1.21% 4.15%
Brentwood 0.88% 3.13%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Shenfield (Best) 32261/32845
Brizes and Doddinghurst 30710/32845
Tipps Cross 30332/32845
High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings 28481/32845
Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash 27148/32845
Moreton and Fyfield 26917/32845
Passingford 26159/32845
North Weald Bassett 24004/32845
Shelley 23579/32845
Pilgrims Hatch (Worst) 22507/32845
Reader Opinion:

Billericay the bullsh*t town of Essex

Deprivation in Ongar

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 Ongar. 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
Shenfield (Best) 32279/32845
Tipps Cross 26985/32845
Brizes and Doddinghurst 24180/32845
Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash 23521/32845
Pilgrims Hatch 20658/32845
North Weald Bassett 19947/32845
High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings 15214/32845
Moreton and Fyfield 14571/32845
Shelley 14036/32845
Passingford (Worst) 9468/32845

Average rent in Ongar

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Ongar

If you are thinking of moving to Ongar, 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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