Is Sevenoaks, Kent a nice place to live?

Is Sevenoaks a nice place to live or is Sevenoaks rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks truly a nice place to live, or are Orpington, Tonbridge and Westerham a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Sevenoaks?

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 Sevenoaks. 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
Greatness 40
Longford 15
Dunton Green 15
Lower Bitchet 15
Kemsing 10
Childsbridge 8
Crowdleham 7
Bessels Green 4
Dryhill 4
Underriver 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Sevenoaks. 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 Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks Kippington ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Sevenoaks Kippington (Best) 23747/32845
Sevenoaks Town and St John's 21080/32845
Kemsing 20969/32845
Wrotham, Ightham and Stansted 20447/32845
Otford and Shoreham 18151/32845
Dunton Green and Riverhead 17809/32845
Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge 17162/32845
Seal and Weald 15316/32845
Sevenoaks Eastern 13364/32845
Sevenoaks Northern (Worst) 9891/32845
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Your Health in Sevenoaks

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Tonbridge and Malling 0.86% 3.09%
Sevenoaks (Sevenoaks) 0.87% 3.11%
Dartford 1.03% 3.4%
Tunbridge Wells 0.78% 3.09%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Sevenoaks Kippington (Best) 32430/32845
Dunton Green and Riverhead 31251/32845
Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge 30705/32845
Sevenoaks Town and St John's 30615/32845
Seal and Weald 30419/32845
Otford and Shoreham 30093/32845
Wrotham, Ightham and Stansted 29438/32845
Kemsing 28638/32845
Sevenoaks Eastern 28072/32845
Sevenoaks Northern (Worst) 26391/32845
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Deprivation in Sevenoaks

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 Sevenoaks. 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
Sevenoaks Town and St John's (Best) 31195/32845
Sevenoaks Kippington 29799/32845
Dunton Green and Riverhead 28693/32845
Kemsing 26500/32845
Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge 24683/32845
Sevenoaks Eastern 24574/32845
Otford and Shoreham 23480/32845
Sevenoaks Northern 23260/32845
Wrotham, Ightham and Stansted 21850/32845
Seal and Weald (Worst) 21312/32845

Average rent in Sevenoaks

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Sevenoaks

If you are thinking of moving to Sevenoaks, 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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