Is Strood, Kent a nice place to live?

Is Strood a nice place to live or is Strood rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Strood 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 Strood truly a nice place to live, or are Rye, Cranbrook and Tenterden a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Strood?

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 Strood. 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 AreaVoilent Crimes
St Michaels15
Durrant Green11
London Beach11
Broad Tenterden5
Curteis’ Corner5
Beacon Hill0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Strood. 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 Strood 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 Northern Rother ward.

WardAverage rank in England
Northern Rother (Best)26781/32845
Tenterden St Michael's24504/32845
Tenterden North21939/32845
Rolvenden & Tenterden West19867/32845
Benenden and Cranbrook19601/32845
Frittenden and Sissinghurst18828/32845
Tenterden South17989/32845
Weald North16655/32845
Eastern Rother (Worst)16066/32845
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Your Health in Strood

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

TownVery BadBad
Ashford (Strood)1.06%3.53%
Tunbridge Wells0.78%3.09%

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

WardAverage rank in England
Frittenden and Sissinghurst (Best)32295/32845
Weald North26763/32845
Benenden and Cranbrook26168/32845
Tenterden St Michael's25439/32845
Rolvenden & Tenterden West24620/32845
Tenterden North24520/32845
Tenterden South23014/32845
Northern Rother21815/32845
Eastern Rother (Worst)17340/32845
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Deprivation in Strood

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 Strood. 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.

WardAverage rank in England
Tenterden St Michael's (Best)24722/32845
Tenterden North22812/32845
Frittenden and Sissinghurst22743/32845
Benenden and Cranbrook20029/32845
Tenterden South19154/32845
Weald North18010/32845
Rolvenden & Tenterden West17948/32845
Northern Rother17501/32845
Eastern Rother (Worst)9779/32845

Average rent in Strood

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Strood

If you are thinking of moving to Strood, 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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