Is Watchet, Somerset a nice place to live?

Is Watchet a nice place to live or is Watchet rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Watchet 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 Watchet truly a nice place to live, or are Minehead, Winsford and Wiveliscombe a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Watchet?

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 Watchet. 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
Sampford Brett 15
Doniford 10
Watchet 8
Weacombe 5
Lower Weacombe 3
Blue Anchor 1
Washford 0
Torre 0
Chapel Cleeve 0
Beggearn Huish 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Watchet. 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 Watchet 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 Quantock Vale ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Quantock Vale (Best) 28654/32845
Milverton & District 26766/32845
South Quantock 25465/32845
Periton & Woodcombe 25027/32845
Old Cleeve & District 23942/32845
Minehead North 21583/32845
Minehead Central 21541/32845
Quantocks 21443/32845
Watchet & Williton 20303/32845
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Your Health in Watchet

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Cardiff 1.6% 4.84%
North Somerset 1.18% 4.09%
The Vale of Glamorgan 1.49% 4.9%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Milverton & District (Best) 25952/32845
Quantocks 24093/32845
South Quantock 21761/32845
Quantock Vale 19866/32845
Old Cleeve & District 15810/32845
Minehead North 14625/32845
Minehead Central 14145/32845
Periton & Woodcombe 13149/32845
Watchet & Williton 10511/32845
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Deprivation in Watchet

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 Watchet. 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
Quantocks (Best) 19355/32845
Milverton & District 18145/32845
South Quantock 16437/32845
Minehead North 16070/32845
Minehead Central 15628/32845
Periton & Woodcombe 14263/32845
Quantock Vale 11097/32845
Old Cleeve & District 10245/32845
Watchet & Williton 9630/32845

Average rent in Watchet

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Watchet

If you are thinking of moving to Watchet, 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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