Moving to Atherton, Greater Manchester? What you need to know

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Moving to Atherton, Greater Manchester - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Atherton in Greater Manchester? You've found some estate agents and they have told you what you wanted to hear. You've read some speil by a local councillor who says that Atherton is on the up an up? Now it's time for a bit of reality. Cold hard statistics culled from the Police, the Indices of Deprivation and the latest census. Is Atherton the land of milk and honey or are Hindley, Leigh and Westhoughton a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Atherton

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of August 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Atherton. 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.

Polcing Area Voilent Crimes
Atherton 1
Hag Fold 1
Shakerley 0
Water’s Nook 0
Daisy Hill 0
Greenheys 0
Chequerbent 0
Hollins 0
Higher Folds 0
Tyldesley 0

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Atherton. These statitics 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 collated an average rank for all the Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in each ward in and around Atherton. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst.

Ward Average rank in England
Leigh South (Best) 10874/32845
Tyldesley 12903/32845
Westhoughton South 14708/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 16286/32845
Astley Mosley Common 16854/32845
Leigh West 3527/32845
Atherleigh 5843/32845
Atherton 6197/32845
Hulton 6250/32845
Leigh East (Worst) 6716/32845
Reader Opinion:

Leigh, Greater Manchester, is in a time warp 15yrs behind normal life

Your Health in Atherton

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

Local Authority Very Bad Bad Fair Good Very Good
Wigan (Atherton) 1.49% 5.7% 14.72% 32.7% 45.39%
Salford 1.7% 5.87% 14.04% 32.35% 46.03%
Bolton 1.4% 5.23% 14.14% 33.88% 45.36%
Rochdale 1.68% 5.88% 14.79% 33.14% 44.51%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Leigh South (Best) 10043/32845
Hulton 11863/32845
Tyldesley 11996/32845
Astley Mosley Common 14637/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 15306/32845
Leigh West 5010/32845
Atherton 6583/32845
Leigh East 7420/32845
Atherleigh 7689/32845
Westhoughton South (Worst) 9964/32845
Reader Opinion:

Westhoughton a scrote-infested town in the armpit of the North West

Deprivation in Atherton

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 Atherton. 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
Atherleigh (Best) 10309/32845
Leigh East 10965/32845
Hulton 13675/32845
Leigh South 14188/32845
Westhoughton South 15673/32845
Tyldesley 16896/32845
Astley Mosley Common 20381/32845
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 20778/32845
Leigh West 5474/32845
Atherton (Worst) 9359/32845

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  1. Never in all of my years have I experienced a place like Westhoughton

    Never in all of my years have I experienced a place like Westhoughton