Is Swanage, Dorset a nice place to live?

Is Swanage a nice place to live or is Swanage rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Swanage 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 Swanage truly a nice place to live, or are Bournemouth, Poole and Wareham a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Swanage?

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 Swanage. 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
Ulwell 16
New Swanage 16
Herston 10
Durlston Head 1
New Buildings 0
Little Woolgarston 0
Langton Matravers 0
Isle of Purbeck 0
Acton 0
Bushey 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Swanage (Best) 24998/32845
South East Purbeck 24603/32845
Oakdale 23101/32845
Canford Cliffs 22528/32845
Parkstone 22211/32845
Penn Hill 20720/32845
Hamworthy 19605/32845
Poole Town 17056/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 15387/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff (Worst) 15008/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bournemouth, quite possibly the biggest lie ever conceived.

Your Health in Swanage

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Isle of Wight 1.47% 5.01%
New Forest 1.08% 3.81%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Canford Cliffs (Best) 26051/32845
Parkstone 23682/32845
Penn Hill 22395/32845
South East Purbeck 22376/32845
Oakdale 19618/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 17485/32845
Poole Town 15706/32845
Swanage 15461/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 14220/32845
Hamworthy (Worst) 13435/32845
Reader Opinion:

Sunny, Sunny Bournemouth, it's more like crappy, crappy Bournemouth

Deprivation in Swanage

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 Swanage. 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
Canford Cliffs (Best) 27470/32845
Parkstone 25572/32845
Penn Hill 24732/32845
Oakdale 20962/32845
Swanage 20240/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 19239/32845
Poole Town 18082/32845
South East Purbeck 17181/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 14943/32845
Hamworthy (Worst) 13690/32845

Average rent in Swanage

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Swanage

If you are thinking of moving to Swanage, 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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