Is Sittingbourne, Kent a nice place to live?

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

What are the crime levels like in Sittingbourne?

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 Sittingbourne. 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
Milton Regis 96
Kemsley 48
Key Street 39
Bapchild 37
Bobbing 26
Tonge Corner 16
Borden 2
Harman’s Corner 2
Heart’s Delight 2
Tunstall 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Sittingbourne. 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 Sittingbourne 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 West Downs ward.

Ward Average rank in England
West Downs (Best) 19797/32845
Woodstock 19086/32845
Borden and Grove Park 13643/32845
Teynham and Lynsted 12078/32845
Homewood 10925/32845
Murston 8132/32845
Roman 6350/32845
Milton Regis 6345/32845
Chalkwell 4073/32845
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Your Health in Sittingbourne

If you are thinking of moving to Sittingbourne, 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 Sittingbourne 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 1.09% 3.94%
Swale (Sittingbourne) 1.32% 4.42%
Maidstone 0.97% 3.43%
Ashford 1.06% 3.53%

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

Ward Average rank in England
West Downs (Best) 20804/32845
Woodstock 20743/32845
Borden and Grove Park 20017/32845
Teynham and Lynsted 16576/32845
Homewood 14443/32845
Chalkwell 13264/32845
Milton Regis 13165/32845
Murston 10541/32845
Roman 9456/32845
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Deprivation in Sittingbourne

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 Sittingbourne. 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
Woodstock (Best) 24001/32845
West Downs 23062/32845
Borden and Grove Park 19745/32845
Homewood 15703/32845
Milton Regis 12238/32845
Teynham and Lynsted 12104/32845
Chalkwell 11542/32845
Murston 9121/32845
Roman 7623/32845

Average rent in Sittingbourne

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Sittingbourne

If you are thinking of moving to Sittingbourne, 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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