Is Swindon, Wiltshire a nice place to live?

Is Swindon a nice place to live or is Swindon rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Swindon 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 Swindon truly a nice place to live, or are Cricklade, Highworth and Royal Wootton Bassett a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Swindon?

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 Swindon. 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
Gorse Hill 128
Lower Stratton 84
Pinehurst 82
Lawn 79
Greenmeadow 72
Even Swindon 68
Park 56
Moredon 47
Stratton St Margaret 40
Okus 37

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Swindon. 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 Swindon 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 St Margaret and South Marston ward.

Ward Average rank in England
St Margaret and South Marston (Best) 16160/32845
Chiseldon and Lawn 14696/32845
Old Town 13245/32845
Mannington and Western 12854/32845
Rodbourne Cheney 10561/32845
Liden, Eldene and Park South 9927/32845
Eastcott 5713/32845
Gorse Hill and Pinehurst 5696/32845
Central 4821/32845
Walcot and Park North (Worst) 3923/32845
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Your Health in Swindon

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Swindon (Swindon) 0.97% 3.61%
Stroud 0.94% 3.35%
West Berkshire 0.68% 2.48%
Vale of White Horse 0.75% 2.61%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Chiseldon and Lawn (Best) 23985/32845
Old Town 21717/32845
St Margaret and South Marston 19878/32845
Eastcott 16319/32845
Central 14822/32845
Mannington and Western 14663/32845
Rodbourne Cheney 10893/32845
Liden, Eldene and Park South 10833/32845
Gorse Hill and Pinehurst 10148/32845
Walcot and Park North (Worst) 7543/32845
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Deprivation in Swindon

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 Swindon. 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
Chiseldon and Lawn (Best) 26266/32845
Old Town 25476/32845
St Margaret and South Marston 21832/32845
Eastcott 18230/32845
Mannington and Western 16525/32845
Central 13478/32845
Rodbourne Cheney 12228/32845
Gorse Hill and Pinehurst 9988/32845
Liden, Eldene and Park South 9941/32845
Walcot and Park North (Worst) 6550/32845

Average rent in Swindon

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Swindon

If you are thinking of moving to Swindon, 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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