Is Penrith, Cumbria a nice place to live?

Is Penrith a nice place to live or is Penrith rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Penrith 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 Penrith truly a nice place to live, or are Appleby in Westmorland, Brampton and Keswick a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Penrith?

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 Penrith. 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
Pategill 42
Castletown 32
Fair Hill 21
Eamont Bridge 6
Newton Reigny 3
Redhills 1
Newton Rigg 0
Eamont 0
Catterlen 0
Edenhall 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Penrith. 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 Penrith 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 Eamont ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Eamont (Best) 32613/32845
Dacre 32590/32845
Penrith Pategill 31534/32845
Hesket 30034/32845
Penrith Carleton 28608/32845
Penrith North 28204/32845
Askham 24429/32845
Penrith East 23471/32845
Penrith South 22919/32845
Penrith West (Worst) 20753/32845
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Your Health in Penrith

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Carlisle 1.34% 4.62%
Allerdale 1.31% 4.94%
South Lakeland 0.96% 3.57%
Eden (Penrith) 0.9% 3.57%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Eamont (Best) 27694/32845
Hesket 27345/32845
Dacre 25747/32845
Askham 25397/32845
Penrith Carleton 24483/32845
Penrith North 23012/32845
Penrith East 18662/32845
Penrith South 16891/32845
Penrith West 15771/32845
Penrith Pategill (Worst) 8876/32845
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Deprivation in Penrith

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 Penrith. 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
Penrith Carleton (Best) 26525/32845
Eamont 26495/32845
Penrith North 23939/32845
Dacre 21801/32845
Penrith East 19512/32845
Hesket 18371/32845
Askham 17933/32845
Penrith South 17702/32845
Penrith West 17007/32845
Penrith Pategill (Worst) 10799/32845

Average rent in Penrith

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Penrith

If you are thinking of moving to Penrith, 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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