Is Rainham, Kent a nice place to live?

Is Rainham a nice place to live or is Rainham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Rainham 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 Rainham truly a nice place to live, or are Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Rainham?

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 Rainham. 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
Grange 141
Moor Street 60
Lower Twydall 56
Lower Rainham 52
Rainham 51
Twydall 43
Hempstead 14
Farthing Corner 12
Hartlip 12
Upchurch 5

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Rainham. 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 Rainham 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 Hempstead and Wigmore ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Hempstead and Wigmore (Best) 23656/32845
Rainham Central 18739/32845
Rainham South 17702/32845
Lordswood and Capstone 12597/32845
Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow 12246/32845
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 12198/32845
Rainham North 11674/32845
Watling 10519/32845
Twydall 10263/32845
Gillingham South (Worst) 3174/32845
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Your Health in Rainham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Medway (Rainham) 1.09% 3.94%
Maidstone 0.97% 3.43%
Gravesham 1.1% 4.03%
Tonbridge and Malling 0.86% 3.09%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hempstead and Wigmore (Best) 27373/32845
Rainham Central 23760/32845
Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow 19673/32845
Rainham South 18375/32845
Rainham North 18105/32845
Watling 17824/32845
Lordswood and Capstone 17180/32845
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 15925/32845
Twydall 12062/32845
Gillingham South (Worst) 9723/32845
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Deprivation in Rainham

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 Rainham. 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
Hempstead and Wigmore (Best) 29973/32845
Rainham Central 25138/32845
Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow 21426/32845
Rainham South 21148/32845
Watling 18718/32845
Rainham North 18687/32845
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 16296/32845
Lordswood and Capstone 16163/32845
Twydall 11421/32845
Gillingham South (Worst) 7013/32845

Average rent in Rainham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Rainham

If you are thinking of moving to Rainham, 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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