Is Stevenage, Hertfordshire a nice place to live?

Is Stevenage a nice place to live or is Stevenage rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Stevenage 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 Stevenage truly a nice place to live, or are Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Stevenage?

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 Stevenage. 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
Pin Green 132
Bedwell 119
Shephall 97
Chells 88
Poplars 86
St Nicholas 84
Todd’s Green 59
Fishers Green 59
Symonds Green 54
Norton Green 4

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Stevenage. 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 Stevenage 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 Chesfield ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Chesfield (Best) 26432/32845
Symonds Green 22928/32845
Chells 17808/32845
Woodfield 15663/32845
Roebuck 14946/32845
St Nicholas 12052/32845
Pin Green 9609/32845
Old Town 8332/32845
Shephall 7500/32845
Bedwell (Worst) 3976/32845
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Your Health in Stevenage

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

Town Very Bad Bad
North Hertfordshire 0.81% 3.11%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Chesfield (Best) 25262/32845
Woodfield 20216/32845
Chells 19301/32845
Old Town 18247/32845
Symonds Green 16699/32845
Roebuck 16159/32845
St Nicholas 16068/32845
Shephall 15377/32845
Pin Green 13769/32845
Bedwell (Worst) 12759/32845
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Deprivation in Stevenage

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 Stevenage. 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
Chesfield (Best) 25620/32845
Woodfield 17845/32845
Chells 17509/32845
Old Town 16607/32845
Symonds Green 15631/32845
St Nicholas 14198/32845
Roebuck 13259/32845
Pin Green 12951/32845
Shephall 12201/32845
Bedwell (Worst) 8731/32845

Average rent in Stevenage

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Stevenage

If you are thinking of moving to Stevenage, 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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