Is Wixams, Bedfordshire a nice place to live?

Is Wixams a nice place to live or is Wixams rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Wixams 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 Wixams truly a nice place to live, or are Bedford, Kempston and Sandy a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Wixams?

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 Wixams. 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
Bedford 232
Castle 218
South End 114
Fenlake 84
Kempston 79
Harrowden 33
Cardington 9
Littleworth 7
Shortstown 6
Herring’s Green 6

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Wixams. 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 Wixams 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 Wilshamstead ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Wilshamstead (Best) 26001/32845
Kempston South 19346/32845
Elstow and Stewartby 16802/32845
Kempston Central and East 15656/32845
Kempston North 13568/32845
Eastcotts 12836/32845
Queens Park 12008/32845
Kingsbrook 11500/32845
Cauldwell 9934/32845
Castle (Worst) 8840/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedford, the place is riddled with strange and backwards people

Your Health in Wixams

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Luton 1.2% 3.73%
Milton Keynes 0.94% 3.2%
Bedford (Wixams) 0.98% 3.55%
South Northamptonshire 0.77% 2.64%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wilshamstead (Best) 23877/32845
Eastcotts 20799/32845
Elstow and Stewartby 18501/32845
Kempston South 18482/32845
Castle 14780/32845
Kempston North 14073/32845
Kempston Central and East 13719/32845
Queens Park 13132/32845
Kingsbrook 12427/32845
Cauldwell (Worst) 11231/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedford: Things started to slide back in the 80s

Deprivation in Wixams

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 Wixams. 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
Wilshamstead (Best) 27205/32845
Kempston South 17832/32845
Eastcotts 15013/32845
Elstow and Stewartby 14492/32845
Castle 13294/32845
Kempston Central and East 13121/32845
Kempston North 12967/32845
Kingsbrook 9222/32845
Queens Park 9106/32845
Cauldwell (Worst) 8462/32845

Average rent in Wixams

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Wixams

If you are thinking of moving to Wixams, 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.