Is Wem, Shropshire a nice place to live?

Is Wem a nice place to live or is Wem rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Wem 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 Wem truly a nice place to live, or are Ellesmere, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Wem?

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 Wem. 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
Barkers Green 8
Creamore Bank 7
Tilley Green 1
Tilley 1
Ryebank 0
Edstaston 0
Lowe 0
Ruewood 0
Paddolgreen 0
Commonwood 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Wem. 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 Wem 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 Shawbury ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Shawbury (Best) 28514/32845
Ellesmere Urban 27216/32845
Hodnet 27024/32845
Edgmond & Ercall Magna 26971/32845
Prees 22700/32845
Wem 21003/32845
Whitchurch South 19728/32845
Whitchurch North 17633/32845
Battlefield 14509/32845
Harlescott (Worst) 13185/32845
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Your Health in Wem

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Cheshire East 1.06% 3.85%
Shropshire (Wem) 1.13% 3.91%
Telford and Wrekin 1.42% 4.81%
Wrexham 1.37% 4.84%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ellesmere Urban (Best) 24034/32845
Prees 22771/32845
Shawbury 22160/32845
Hodnet 20744/32845
Wem 19218/32845
Edgmond & Ercall Magna 19110/32845
Battlefield 19020/32845
Whitchurch North 17872/32845
Whitchurch South 17254/32845
Harlescott (Worst) 14678/32845
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Deprivation in Wem

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 Wem. 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
Shawbury (Best) 22534/32845
Edgmond & Ercall Magna 22212/32845
Battlefield 18794/32845
Ellesmere Urban 17821/32845
Wem 16947/32845
Whitchurch North 15381/32845
Hodnet 14802/32845
Whitchurch South 13928/32845
Harlescott 13543/32845
Prees (Worst) 12550/32845

Average rent in Wem

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Wem

If you are thinking of moving to Wem, 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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