Is Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire a nice place to live?

Is Stoke on Trent a nice place to live or is Stoke on Trent rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Stoke on Trent 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 Stoke on Trent truly a nice place to live, or are Longton, Newcastle under Lyme and Stone a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Stoke on Trent?

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 Stoke on Trent. 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
Dresden 119
Caverswall 52
Blythe Bridge 31
Newstead 27
Leadendale 3
Rough Close 3
Knenhall 1
Crossgate 0
Mossgate 0
Hartwell 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Stoke on Trent. 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 Stoke on Trent 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 Fulford ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Fulford (Best) 24836/32845
Barlaston 22160/32845
Meir Park 17938/32845
Blurton East 13035/32845
Broadway and Longton East 10395/32845
Meir North 9610/32845
Blurton West and Newstead 8738/32845
Lightwood North and Normacot 8565/32845
Meir South 8276/32845
Dresden and Florence (Worst) 6359/32845
Reader Opinion:

Yeovil, neatly situated in the arse end of nowhere

Your Health in Stoke on Trent

If you are thinking of moving to Stoke on Trent, 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 Stoke on Trent 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 (Stoke on Trent) 1.87% 6.17%
Shropshire 1.13% 3.91%
Stafford 1.14% 3.91%
Staffordshire Moorlands 1.37% 4.55%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Fulford (Best) 18461/32845
Barlaston 15640/32845
Meir Park 14179/32845
Meir South 5956/32845
Broadway and Longton East 5868/32845
Lightwood North and Normacot 5812/32845
Blurton East 5389/32845
Dresden and Florence 4424/32845
Meir North 4219/32845
Blurton West and Newstead (Worst) 2425/32845
Reader Opinion:

Newcastle, just don't

Deprivation in Stoke on Trent

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 Stoke on Trent. 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
Meir Park (Best) 22773/32845
Fulford 22249/32845
Barlaston 18214/32845
Broadway and Longton East 10898/32845
Meir South 8954/32845
Lightwood North and Normacot 8941/32845
Blurton East 8528/32845
Meir North 7433/32845
Dresden and Florence 6867/32845
Blurton West and Newstead (Worst) 3921/32845

Average rent in Stoke on Trent

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Stoke on Trent

If you are thinking of moving to Stoke on Trent, 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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