Is Totnes, Devon a nice place to live?

Is Totnes a nice place to live or is Totnes rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Totnes 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 Totnes truly a nice place to live, or are Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and Paignton a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Totnes?

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 Totnes. 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
Totnes 19
Bridgetown 19
Longcause 15
True Street 10
Berry Pomeroy 9
Littlehempston 6
Shinner’s Bridge 4
Ashprington 1
Harberton 1
Belsford 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ipplepen (Best) 31625/32845
Dartington & Staverton 29550/32845
Marldon & Littlehempston 28410/32845
Ambrook 27869/32845
Preston 24029/32845
Goodrington with Roselands 22238/32845
Totnes 21208/32845
King's Ash 16510/32845
Clifton with Maidenway 16463/32845
Reader Opinion:

Plymouth, the toilet of England

Your Health in Totnes

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Plymouth 1.44% 5.08%
Torbay 1.73% 5.82%
Teignbridge 1.25% 4.24%
South Hams (Totnes) 1.11% 3.8%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Marldon & Littlehempston (Best) 27005/32845
Dartington & Staverton 24735/32845
Ipplepen 21491/32845
Ambrook 20946/32845
Totnes 18104/32845
Preston 13202/32845
Goodrington with Roselands 12047/32845
King's Ash 10006/32845
Clifton with Maidenway 9196/32845
Reader Opinion:

Dawlish Warren, Devon... a.k.a Watership Downer

Deprivation in Totnes

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 Totnes. 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
Ipplepen (Best) 28016/32845
Marldon & Littlehempston 23956/32845
Ambrook 23352/32845
Preston 17197/32845
Goodrington with Roselands 16109/32845
Dartington & Staverton 15757/32845
Totnes 15184/32845
King's Ash 10712/32845
Clifton with Maidenway 10417/32845

Average rent in Totnes

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Totnes

If you are thinking of moving to Totnes, 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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