Is Verwood, Dorset a nice place to live?

Is Verwood a nice place to live or is Verwood rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Verwood 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 Verwood truly a nice place to live, or are Ferndown, Fordingbridge and Ringwood a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Verwood?

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 Verwood. 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
Ebblake 6
Alderholt 3
Camel Green 3
Horton Common 2
Bleak Hill 2
Daggons 1
Cripplestyle 0
Gotham 0
Lower Holwell 0
Horton Heath 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Verwood. 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 Verwood 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 Ferndown North ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Ferndown North (Best) 30111/32845
Cranborne & Alderholt 29035/32845
Verwood 28922/32845
St Leonards & St Ives 25089/32845
Commons 24532/32845
West Moors & Three Legged Cross 24514/32845
Ringwood North 20659/32845
Fordingbridge 19028/32845
Ringwood South 14428/32845
Forest North West (Worst) 11852/32845

Your Health in Verwood

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Southampton 1.2% 3.89%
New Forest 1.08% 3.81%

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

Ward Average rank in England
St Leonards & St Ives (Best) 30342/32845
Verwood 29648/32845
Cranborne & Alderholt 28076/32845
Ferndown North 26266/32845
Ringwood North 25774/32845
West Moors & Three Legged Cross 24792/32845
Fordingbridge 22849/32845
Forest North West 22642/32845
Ringwood South 22539/32845
Commons (Worst) 22432/32845

Deprivation in Verwood

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 Verwood. 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
Verwood (Best) 28259/32845
Ferndown North 25852/32845
Cranborne & Alderholt 25018/32845
St Leonards & St Ives 24819/32845
Ringwood North 24760/32845
Fordingbridge 24052/32845
Commons 23278/32845
West Moors & Three Legged Cross 20477/32845
Ringwood South 18967/32845
Forest North West (Worst) 17315/32845

Average rent in Verwood

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Verwood

If you are thinking of moving to Verwood, 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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