Is Tunbridge Wells, Kent a nice place to live?

Is Tunbridge Wells a nice place to live or is Tunbridge Wells rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Tunbridge Wells 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 Tunbridge Wells truly a nice place to live, or are Royal Tunbridge Wells, Southborough and Tonbridge a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Tunbridge Wells?

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 Tunbridge Wells. 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
High Brooms 104
Ferndale 99
St John’s 88
Royal Tunbridge Wells 70
Sandown Park 65
Sherwood Park 65
Southborough 57
Modest Corner 33
Camden Park 31
Broomhill Bank 9

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Tunbridge Wells. 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 Tunbridge Wells 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 Pantiles and St Mark's ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Pantiles and St Mark's (Best) 28435/32845
Frant & Wadhurst 27649/32845
Park 23941/32845
Culverden 22638/32845
St John's 22278/32845
St James' 20381/32845
Southborough and High Brooms 17928/32845
Rusthall 16367/32845
Sherwood 14630/32845
Broadwater (Worst) 11758/32845
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Your Health in Tunbridge Wells

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Tonbridge and Malling 0.86% 3.09%
Sevenoaks 0.87% 3.11%
Dartford 1.03% 3.4%
Tunbridge Wells (Tunbridge Wells) 0.78% 3.09%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Pantiles and St Mark's (Best) 31576/32845
Frant & Wadhurst 31402/32845
Culverden 30013/32845
Park 28551/32845
St John's 27615/32845
St James' 26065/32845
Broadwater 24422/32845
Rusthall 22076/32845
Southborough and High Brooms 21448/32845
Sherwood (Worst) 19370/32845
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Deprivation in Tunbridge Wells

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 Tunbridge Wells. 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
Pantiles and St Mark's (Best) 31179/32845
Park 28724/32845
Culverden 28573/32845
St John's 27843/32845
St James' 26504/32845
Frant & Wadhurst 26201/32845
Southborough and High Brooms 19670/32845
Rusthall 19435/32845
Broadwater 17913/32845
Sherwood (Worst) 13206/32845

Average rent in Tunbridge Wells

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Tunbridge Wells

If you are thinking of moving to Tunbridge Wells, 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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