Is Pontefract, Yorkshire a nice place to live?

Is Pontefract a nice place to live or is Pontefract rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Pontefract 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 Pontefract truly a nice place to live, or are Castleford, Featherstone and Knottingley a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Pontefract?

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 Pontefract. 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
Red Hill 134
Monkhill 111
Pontefract 90
Airedale 85
Strawberry Hill 70
Knottingley 65
Ferrybridge 35
Byram 31
Chequerfield 20
Carleton 20

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Pontefract. 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 Pontefract 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 Monk Fryston ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Monk Fryston (Best) 23897/32845
Byram & Brotherton 19993/32845
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 12682/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 12091/32845
Featherstone 10900/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 8816/32845
Pontefract North 7934/32845
Pontefract South 7788/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 5320/32845
Knottingley (Worst) 3228/32845
Reader Opinion:

Castleford or Cas-vegas, as it's known locally and ironically

Your Health in Pontefract

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Wakefield (Pontefract) 1.7% 5.99%
Barnsley 1.79% 6.61%
East Riding of Yorkshire 1.24% 4.15%
Selby 0.97% 3.6%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Monk Fryston (Best) 25963/32845
Byram & Brotherton 23004/32845
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 11294/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 9899/32845
Pontefract South 9379/32845
Featherstone 8022/32845
Pontefract North 7754/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 7420/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 7390/32845
Knottingley (Worst) 6288/32845
Reader Opinion:

Castleford, where everybody is a blood relative of the person next to them

Deprivation in Pontefract

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 Pontefract. 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
Monk Fryston (Best) 24670/32845
Byram & Brotherton 20354/32845
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 14632/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 12851/32845
Pontefract South 11887/32845
Pontefract North 9936/32845
Featherstone 9919/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 9466/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 8239/32845
Knottingley (Worst) 6514/32845

Average rent in Pontefract

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Pontefract

If you are thinking of moving to Pontefract, 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.