Is Skelmersdale, Lancashire a nice place to live?

Is Skelmersdale a nice place to live or is Skelmersdale rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Skelmersdale 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 Skelmersdale truly a nice place to live, or are Wigan, Ormskirk and Rainford a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Skelmersdale?

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 Skelmersdale. 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
Birch Green 96
Tanhouse 74
Town Centre 62
Ashurst 62
Dalton 40
Chapel House 24
Pennylands 24
Bank Top 12
Blaguegate 1
Holland Lees 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Skelmersdale. 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 Skelmersdale 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 Newburgh ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Newburgh (Best) 31365/32845
Wrightington 28259/32845
Up Holland 23693/32845
Ashurst 21931/32845
Skelmersdale South 18403/32845
Skelmersdale North 18221/32845
Birch Green 11852/32845
Tanhouse 8235/32845
Digmoor 6374/32845
Moorside (Worst) 3026/32845
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Your Health in Skelmersdale

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Sefton 1.62% 5.68%
Knowsley 2.18% 7.29%
St. Helens 1.79% 6.48%
West Lancashire (Skelmersdale) 1.45% 4.86%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Newburgh (Best) 22499/32845
Wrightington 20955/32845
Up Holland 19654/32845
Ashurst 15351/32845
Skelmersdale South 9720/32845
Skelmersdale North 8114/32845
Moorside 7404/32845
Tanhouse 6602/32845
Digmoor 6418/32845
Birch Green (Worst) 5365/32845
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Deprivation in Skelmersdale

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 Skelmersdale. 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
Wrightington (Best) 27154/32845
Newburgh 25480/32845
Up Holland 19820/32845
Ashurst 17924/32845
Skelmersdale South 10800/32845
Skelmersdale North 9027/32845
Moorside 4266/32845
Digmoor 4082/32845
Tanhouse 3966/32845
Birch Green (Worst) 3853/32845

Average rent in Skelmersdale

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Skelmersdale

If you are thinking of moving to Skelmersdale, 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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