Is Walsall, West Midlands a nice place to live?

Is Walsall a nice place to live or is Walsall rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Walsall 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 Walsall truly a nice place to live, or are Bloxwich, Darlaston and Wednesbury a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Walsall?

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 Walsall. 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
Walsall 262
Birchills 219
Coal Pool 172
The Chuckery 170
Palfrey 162
Caldmore 162
Harden 132
The Delves 125
Leamore 104
Goscote 83

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Walsall. 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 Walsall 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 Aldridge Central and South ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Aldridge Central and South (Best) 24409/32845
Friar Park 14504/32845
Palfrey 13390/32845
Birchills Leamore 10103/32845
Short Heath 9994/32845
Willenhall South 8569/32845
Bloxwich East 8330/32845
St Matthew's 7656/32845
Pleck 7479/32845
Blakenall (Worst) 5560/32845
Reader Opinion:

Stonnall, in the middle of nowhere between Walsall and Lichfield

Your Health in Walsall

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Sandwell 1.8% 5.9%
Walsall (Walsall) 1.68% 5.56%
Wolverhampton 1.66% 5.53%
Lichfield 1.19% 3.93%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Aldridge Central and South (Best) 16413/32845
Short Heath 9603/32845
Palfrey 8369/32845
Willenhall South 6863/32845
St Matthew's 6060/32845
Friar Park 6033/32845
Pleck 5125/32845
Bloxwich East 4829/32845
Birchills Leamore 4399/32845
Blakenall (Worst) 2943/32845
Reader Opinion:

Winson Green, Birmingham: it was a BIG mistake moving there, it's a major hole!

Deprivation in Walsall

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 Walsall. 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
Aldridge Central and South (Best) 20747/32845
Short Heath 11703/32845
St Matthew's 6869/32845
Willenhall South 6372/32845
Palfrey 6249/32845
Friar Park 5237/32845
Bloxwich East 4520/32845
Pleck 3468/32845
Birchills Leamore 3272/32845
Blakenall (Worst) 1887/32845

Average rent in Walsall

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Walsall

If you are thinking of moving to Walsall, 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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