Is Westhoughton, Greater Manchester a nice place to live?

Is Westhoughton a nice place to live or is Westhoughton rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Westhoughton 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 Westhoughton truly a nice place to live, or are Atherton, Hindley and Horwich a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Westhoughton?

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 Westhoughton. 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
Water’s Nook 2
Chew Moor 1
Chequerbent 1
Daisy Hill 1
Four Gates 0
Lostock 0
Lostock Junction 0
Hart Common 0
Hag Fold 0
Cooper Turning 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Westhoughton. 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 Westhoughton 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 Westhoughton North and Chew Moor ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor (Best) 16286/32845
Hindley Green 15881/32845
Westhoughton South 14708/32845
Heaton and Lostock 13540/32845
Horwich and Blackrod 13259/32845
Hindley 11128/32845
Hulton 6250/32845
Atherton 6197/32845
Atherleigh 5843/32845
Leigh West (Worst) 3527/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bolton is a dump

Your Health in Westhoughton

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Wigan 1.49% 5.7%
Salford 1.7% 5.87%
Bolton (Westhoughton) 1.4% 5.23%
Rochdale 1.68% 5.88%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Heaton and Lostock (Best) 17416/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 15306/32845
Hulton 11863/32845
Horwich and Blackrod 11088/32845
Hindley Green 10593/32845
Westhoughton South 9964/32845
Atherleigh 7689/32845
Hindley 7316/32845
Atherton 6583/32845
Leigh West (Worst) 5010/32845
Reader Opinion:

Never in all of my years have I experienced a place like Westhoughton

Deprivation in Westhoughton

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 Westhoughton. 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
Heaton and Lostock (Best) 21872/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 20778/32845
Hindley Green 16210/32845
Horwich and Blackrod 16058/32845
Westhoughton South 15673/32845
Hulton 13675/32845
Hindley 12457/32845
Atherleigh 10309/32845
Atherton 9359/32845
Leigh West (Worst) 5474/32845

Average rent in Westhoughton

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Westhoughton

If you are thinking of moving to Westhoughton, 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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