Is Woking, Surrey a nice place to live?

Is Woking a nice place to live or is Woking rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Woking 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 Woking truly a nice place to live, or are Beltchingley, Chertsey and Weybridge a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Woking?

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 Woking. 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
Maybury 92
Horsell 75
Horsell Birch 41
Sheerwater 38
Cartbridge 29
St Johns 15
Hook Heath 15
Mayford 13
Mimbridge 1
Stonehill 1

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Woking. 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 Woking 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 Goldsworth Park ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Goldsworth Park (Best) 23686/32845
Pyrford 22554/32845
St John's 21983/32845
Byfleet and West Byfleet 20958/32845
Horsell 20727/32845
Mount Hermon 18487/32845
Woodham & Rowtown 18395/32845
Knaphill 18126/32845
Hoe Valley 14888/32845
Canalside (Worst) 12831/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in Woking

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Guildford 0.67% 2.48%
Woking (Woking) 0.77% 2.62%
Surrey Heath 0.74% 2.49%
Runnymede 0.75% 2.94%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Mount Hermon (Best) 29110/32845
Horsell 27692/32845
Woodham & Rowtown 27102/32845
Pyrford 26772/32845
Byfleet and West Byfleet 25009/32845
Knaphill 24973/32845
Hoe Valley 23916/32845
St John's 23720/32845
Canalside 21601/32845
Goldsworth Park (Worst) 21502/32845
Reader Opinion:

Guildford: What has become of you?

Deprivation in Woking

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 Woking. 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
Horsell (Best) 28530/32845
Pyrford 26775/32845
Mount Hermon 26662/32845
Knaphill 26405/32845
Byfleet and West Byfleet 26378/32845
St John's 25884/32845
Woodham & Rowtown 25869/32845
Goldsworth Park 24174/32845
Hoe Valley 21961/32845
Canalside (Worst) 18977/32845

Average rent in Woking

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Woking

If you are thinking of moving to Woking, 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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