Is South Molton, Devon a nice place to live?

Is South Molton a nice place to live or is South Molton rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that South Molton 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 South Molton truly a nice place to live, or are Barnstaple, Chulmleigh and Dulverton a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in South Molton?

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 South Molton. 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
South Molton 11
North Molton 1
Kerscott 1
Garliford 1
Bishop’s Nympton 1
High Bray 0
Heasley Mill 0
South Radworthy 0
Bentwichen 0
Holewater 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for South Molton. 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 South Molton 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 North Molton ward.

Ward Average rank in England
North Molton (Best) 32035/32845
Witheridge 31198/32845
Chittlehampton 30161/32845
Winkleigh 30158/32845
Bishop's Nympton 30051/32845
South Molton 29024/32845
Bratton Fleming 28234/32845
Taw Vale 28177/32845
Exmoor 22383/32845
Reader Opinion:

Braunton - Posh yet grimy

Your Health in South Molton

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Exeter 1.1% 3.68%
North Devon (South Molton) 1.27% 4.34%
Torridge 1.31% 4.9%
West Devon 1.18% 3.96%

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

Ward Average rank in England
North Molton (Best) 25650/32845
Bratton Fleming 24456/32845
Chittlehampton 23173/32845
Bishop's Nympton 22968/32845
Witheridge 22837/32845
Taw Vale 22770/32845
Winkleigh 17576/32845
South Molton 16990/32845
Exmoor 15748/32845
Reader Opinion:

Braunton - Atlantis of snobs

Deprivation in South Molton

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 South Molton. 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
Chittlehampton (Best) 16039/32845
South Molton 14559/32845
Bratton Fleming 13758/32845
Winkleigh 12216/32845
Witheridge 11425/32845
Bishop's Nympton 11322/32845
Taw Vale 10237/32845
North Molton 9842/32845
Exmoor 9504/32845

Average rent in South Molton

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in South Molton

If you are thinking of moving to South Molton, 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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