Is Stafford, Staffordshire a nice place to live?

Is Stafford a nice place to live or is Stafford rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Stafford 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 Stafford truly a nice place to live, or are Eccleshall, Penkridge and Stone a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Stafford?

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 Stafford. 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
Stafford 161
Forebridge 153
Beaconside 122
Castletown 112
Tillington 97
Sow 93
Rowley Park 86
Parkside 71
Baswich 54
Doxey 33

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Stafford. 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 Stafford 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 Baswich ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Baswich (Best) 31681/32845
Holmcroft 22820/32845
Forebridge 20292/32845
Littleworth 19623/32845
Doxey & Castletown 17873/32845
Common 17475/32845
Coton 16520/32845
Rowley 15935/32845
Penkside 14485/32845
Highfields & Western Downs (Worst) 13271/32845
Reader Opinion:

Stafford truly is the new Crewe and then some!

Your Health in Stafford

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Stoke-on-Trent 1.87% 6.17%
Shropshire 1.13% 3.91%
Stafford (Stafford) 1.14% 3.91%
Cannock Chase 1.52% 5.25%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Baswich (Best) 25980/32845
Rowley 18729/32845
Holmcroft 17655/32845
Forebridge 17051/32845
Littleworth 14302/32845
Common 13973/32845
Penkside 13253/32845
Coton 12567/32845
Highfields & Western Downs 11557/32845
Doxey & Castletown (Worst) 10840/32845
Reader Opinion:

Market Drayton = Full Spectrum Grief Pit

Deprivation in Stafford

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 Stafford. 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
Baswich (Best) 31386/32845
Rowley 24640/32845
Holmcroft 21655/32845
Littleworth 20829/32845
Forebridge 19704/32845
Common 17593/32845
Coton 15674/32845
Penkside 13482/32845
Highfields & Western Downs 12722/32845
Doxey & Castletown (Worst) 10463/32845

Average rent in Stafford

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Stafford

If you are thinking of moving to Stafford, 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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