Is Telford, Shropshire a nice place to live?

Is Telford a nice place to live or is Telford rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Telford 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 Telford truly a nice place to live, or are Dawley, Oakengates and Wellington a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Telford?

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 Telford. 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
Telford 117
Town Park 115
Malinslee 115
Town Centre 115
Hollinswood 99
Ketley Bank 90
Dalwey 81
Stafford Park 69
Red Lake 54
Oakengates 45

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

Ward Average rank in England
Priorslee (Best) 22837/32845
Horsehay & Lightmoor 18703/32845
St Georges 14534/32845
Ketley & Overdale 13274/32845
Oakengates & Ketley Bank 12002/32845
Hadley & Leegomery 11264/32845
Dawley & Aqueduct 10962/32845
The Nedge 10885/32845
Malinslee & Dawley Bank 4970/32845
Brookside (Worst) 3090/32845
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Your Health in Telford

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Wolverhampton 1.66% 5.53%
Telford and Wrekin (Telford) 1.42% 4.81%
Cannock Chase 1.52% 5.25%
South Staffordshire 1.27% 4.1%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Priorslee (Best) 22044/32845
Horsehay & Lightmoor 13254/32845
Ketley & Overdale 12524/32845
St Georges 12006/32845
The Nedge 9540/32845
Oakengates & Ketley Bank 9196/32845
Hadley & Leegomery 8677/32845
Dawley & Aqueduct 8648/32845
Brookside 7164/32845
Malinslee & Dawley Bank (Worst) 5183/32845
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Deprivation in Telford

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 Telford. 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
Priorslee (Best) 27851/32845
Horsehay & Lightmoor 18829/32845
St Georges 16861/32845
Ketley & Overdale 15993/32845
Hadley & Leegomery 11986/32845
Dawley & Aqueduct 11728/32845
Oakengates & Ketley Bank 11443/32845
The Nedge 10473/32845
Brookside 8288/32845
Malinslee & Dawley Bank (Worst) 5258/32845

Average rent in Telford

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Telford

If you are thinking of moving to Telford, 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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