Is Winchester, Hampshire a nice place to live?

Is Winchester a nice place to live or is Winchester rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Winchester 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 Winchester truly a nice place to live, or are Bishop's Waltham, New Alresford and Romsey a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Winchester?

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 Winchester. 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
Fulflood 109
Bar End 60
Weeke 45
Pitt 20
Harestock 17
Chilcomb 10
Abbots Worthy 4
Littleton 4
Martyr Worthy 0
Morestead 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Winchester. 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 Winchester 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 St Barnabas ward.

Ward Average rank in England
St Barnabas (Best) 28537/32845
The Worthys 28088/32845
Colden Common and Twyford 27230/32845
Wonston and Micheldever 26681/32845
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery 26299/32845
Alresford and Itchen Valley 25763/32845
St Paul 21660/32845
St Luke 17643/32845
St Michael 16573/32845
St Bartholomew (Worst) 15683/32845
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Your Health in Winchester

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Southampton 1.2% 3.89%
Eastleigh 0.87% 3.05%
Test Valley 0.8% 2.97%
Winchester (Winchester) 0.74% 2.69%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery (Best) 31401/32845
Alresford and Itchen Valley 30370/32845
Wonston and Micheldever 29843/32845
The Worthys 29423/32845
Colden Common and Twyford 29358/32845
St Paul 27810/32845
St Barnabas 27528/32845
St Michael 24051/32845
St Bartholomew 20644/32845
St Luke (Worst) 16118/32845
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Deprivation in Winchester

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 Winchester. 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
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery (Best) 31119/32845
Colden Common and Twyford 30714/32845
St Paul 29709/32845
The Worthys 27481/32845
St Barnabas 27294/32845
Wonston and Micheldever 25781/32845
Alresford and Itchen Valley 25380/32845
St Michael 22407/32845
St Bartholomew 18662/32845
St Luke (Worst) 15945/32845

Average rent in Winchester

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Winchester

If you are thinking of moving to Winchester, 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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