Is West Mersea, Essex a nice place to live?

Is West Mersea a nice place to live or is West Mersea rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that West Mersea 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 Mersea truly a nice place to live, or are Brightlingsea, Colchester and Wivenhoe a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in West Mersea?

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 Mersea. 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
Tollesbury 4
Abberton 1
Peldon 1
Langenhoe 1
Salcott 1
South Green 0
Little Wigborough 0
Great Wigborough 0
Stafford’s Corner 0
Abberton Reservoir 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for West Mersea. 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 Mersea 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 Tolleshunt D'Arcy ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Tolleshunt D'Arcy (Best) 27837/32845
Tillingham 26023/32845
Mersea and Pyefleet 25578/32845
Prettygate 24788/32845
Marks Tey and Layer 23558/32845
Tollesbury 22794/32845
Stanway 18617/32845
Brightlingsea 16781/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 10748/32845
Berechurch (Worst) 8599/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in West Mersea

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Tendring 1.78% 5.83%
Colchester (West Mersea) 0.96% 3.29%
Rochford 0.94% 3.38%
Maldon 1.08% 3.67%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Tollesbury (Best) 29827/32845
Tillingham 25772/32845
Marks Tey and Layer 24781/32845
Tolleshunt D'Arcy 24499/32845
Stanway 19080/32845
Prettygate 18426/32845
Mersea and Pyefleet 18363/32845
Brightlingsea 14208/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 13991/32845
Berechurch (Worst) 11546/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Deprivation in West Mersea

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 Mersea. 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
Tollesbury (Best) 26170/32845
Prettygate 23828/32845
Marks Tey and Layer 23328/32845
Mersea and Pyefleet 21819/32845
Stanway 20992/32845
Tolleshunt D'Arcy 20008/32845
Brightlingsea 16623/32845
Tillingham 15305/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 13494/32845
Berechurch (Worst) 10617/32845

Average rent in West Mersea

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in West Mersea

If you are thinking of moving to West Mersea, 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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