Is Wokingham, Berkshire a nice place to live?

Is Wokingham a nice place to live or is Wokingham rough? Forget local estate agents sales speil and local councillors who say that Wokingham 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 Wokingham truly a nice place to live, or are Crowthorne, Sandhurst and Yateley a lot better? Time to find out.

What are the crime levels like in Wokingham?

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 Wokingham. 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
Arborfield Garrison 17
Langley Common 16
Holme Green 11
Ravenswood Village Settlement 10
Heathlands 9
Blackwater 8
Honey Hill 7
Gardeners Green 7
Barkham 5
Finchampstead 2

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Wokingham. 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 Wokingham 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 Barkham ward.

Ward Average rank in England
Barkham (Best) 32089/32845
Finchampstead North 31716/32845
Evendons 31340/32845
Wokingham Without 29298/32845
Finchampstead South 25671/32845
Emmbrook 25552/32845
Arborfield 24466/32845
Norreys 22936/32845
Great Hollands South 22917/32845
Wescott (Worst) 21018/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bracknell is a dump... need i say more?

Your Health in Wokingham

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Reading 0.81% 2.95%
Windsor and Maidenhead 0.75% 2.68%
Wokingham (Wokingham) 0.61% 2.14%
Bracknell Forest 0.72% 2.53%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Barkham (Best) 32314/32845
Wescott 32190/32845
Finchampstead North 32134/32845
Arborfield 32118/32845
Evendons 31775/32845
Emmbrook 31097/32845
Wokingham Without 30330/32845
Finchampstead South 28930/32845
Norreys 27888/32845
Great Hollands South (Worst) 24729/32845
Reader Opinion:

Owlsmoor, Sandhurst: enter at your peril!

Deprivation in Wokingham

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 Wokingham. 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
Finchampstead North (Best) 31610/32845
Evendons 31074/32845
Emmbrook 30956/32845
Wescott 30158/32845
Barkham 30071/32845
Wokingham Without 28226/32845
Norreys 26989/32845
Arborfield 26760/32845
Finchampstead South 26451/32845
Great Hollands South (Worst) 20961/32845

Average rent in Wokingham

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Wokingham

If you are thinking of moving to Wokingham, 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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