Is West Bromwich, West Midlands a nice place to live?

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

What are the crime levels like in West Bromwich?

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 West Bromwich. 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
Black Lake 180
Handsworth 175
Lambert’s End 175
Mayer’s Green 169
Grand Union Canal 167
Sandwell 166
Churchfield 160
Tat Bank 158
Balls Hill 142
Charlemont 99

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for West Bromwich. 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 West Bromwich 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 Smethwick ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Smethwick (Best) 15486/32845
St Pauls 15057/32845
Oldbury 14911/32845
Wednesbury South 11799/32845
Great Bridge 10051/32845
Greets Green and Lyng 9905/32845
Tipton Green 9902/32845
Hateley Heath 8749/32845
West Bromwich Central 8309/32845
Holyhead (Worst) 7548/32845
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Your Health in West Bromwich

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Birmingham 1.65% 5.04%
Sandwell (West Bromwich) 1.8% 5.9%
Walsall 1.68% 5.56%
Dudley 1.42% 5.09%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Holyhead (Best) 8993/32845
West Bromwich Central 7171/32845
St Pauls 6975/32845
Smethwick 6848/32845
Oldbury 6620/32845
Greets Green and Lyng 5693/32845
Wednesbury South 5683/32845
Tipton Green 5500/32845
Hateley Heath 5476/32845
Great Bridge (Worst) 5353/32845
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Deprivation in West Bromwich

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 West Bromwich. 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
Oldbury (Best) 6899/32845
Tipton Green 6573/32845
West Bromwich Central 5619/32845
Wednesbury South 5382/32845
Smethwick 5317/32845
St Pauls 5189/32845
Great Bridge 4938/32845
Hateley Heath 4527/32845
Holyhead 3650/32845
Greets Green and Lyng (Worst) 3571/32845

Average rent in West Bromwich

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in West Bromwich

If you are thinking of moving to West Bromwich, 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.