Is Whitehaven, Cumbria a nice place to live?

Is Whitehaven a nice place to live or is Whitehaven rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Whitehaven 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 Whitehaven truly a nice place to live, or are Cleator Moor, Harrington and Orgill a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Whitehaven?

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 Whitehaven. 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
Harras 42
Hensingham 34
Bleach Green 32
Keekle 23
Mirehouse 20
Moresby Parks 20
Kells 13
Parton 8
Tivoli 8
Lowca 6

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Whitehaven. 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 Whitehaven 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 Moresby ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Moresby (Best) 30488/32845
Hillcrest 28402/32845
Distington, Lowca & Parton 28142/32845
Moor Row & Bigrigg 26555/32845
Corkickle 24695/32845
Sneckyeat 21725/32845
Kells 21161/32845
Whitehaven Central 20850/32845
Cleator Moor 19003/32845
Whitehaven South (Worst) 16841/32845
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Your Health in Whitehaven

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Carlisle 1.34% 4.62%
Allerdale 1.31% 4.94%
Barrow-in-Furness 1.8% 6.57%
Copeland (Whitehaven) 1.5% 5.33%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Moresby (Best) 13294/32845
Hillcrest 11937/32845
Corkickle 9511/32845
Moor Row & Bigrigg 8624/32845
Whitehaven Central 7582/32845
Distington, Lowca & Parton 6639/32845
Cleator Moor 5277/32845
Kells 3578/32845
Whitehaven South 3199/32845
Sneckyeat (Worst) 3186/32845

Deprivation in Whitehaven

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 Whitehaven. 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
Hillcrest (Best) 22265/32845
Moresby 21239/32845
Corkickle 17207/32845
Moor Row & Bigrigg 14655/32845
Whitehaven Central 14481/32845
Kells 11009/32845
Cleator Moor 9854/32845
Sneckyeat 9367/32845
Distington, Lowca & Parton 8981/32845
Whitehaven South (Worst) 5247/32845

Average rent in Whitehaven

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Whitehaven

If you are thinking of moving to Whitehaven, 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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