Is Southwark, Surrey a nice place to live?

Is Southwark a nice place to live or is Southwark rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Southwark 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 Southwark truly a nice place to live, or are Beckenham, Mitcham and West Ham a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Southwark?

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 Southwark. 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
The Borough 436
Newington 436
Bermondsey 365
Walworth 359
Camberwell 313
Peckham 258
Hatcham 247
New Cross Gate 247
Telegraph Hill 213
Rotherhithe 175

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Southwark. 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 Southwark 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 Champion Hill ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Champion Hill (Best) 17043/32845
Goose Green 13697/32845
London Bridge & West Bermondsey 11898/32845
Peckham 8645/32845
St Giles 8247/32845
Nunhead & Queen's Road 7313/32845
Old Kent Road 7142/32845
Camberwell Green 6639/32845
Rye Lane 5648/32845
Faraday (Worst) 5023/32845
Reader Opinion:

Mitcham, 85% of businesses are fast food joints, kebab & fried chicken shops

Your Health in Southwark

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Tower Hamlets 1.62% 4.42%
Southwark (Southwark) 1.25% 3.66%
Westminster 1.59% 4.22%
City of London 0.76% 2.58%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Champion Hill (Best) 19494/32845
Goose Green 17841/32845
Old Kent Road 14583/32845
Rye Lane 14535/32845
St Giles 14311/32845
Camberwell Green 13701/32845
Faraday 12765/32845
London Bridge & West Bermondsey 12298/32845
Peckham 11908/32845
Nunhead & Queen's Road (Worst) 10165/32845
Reader Opinion:

Stoneleigh: residents ought to be stoned!

Deprivation in Southwark

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 Southwark. 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
Goose Green (Best) 17866/32845
Champion Hill 16317/32845
London Bridge & West Bermondsey 12062/32845
Rye Lane 11174/32845
St Giles 9540/32845
Camberwell Green 8211/32845
Old Kent Road 7504/32845
Nunhead & Queen's Road 7426/32845
Faraday 6733/32845
Peckham (Worst) 6270/32845

Average rent in Southwark

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Southwark

If you are thinking of moving to Southwark, 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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