Moving to Barnsley, Yorkshire? What you need to know

Moving to Barnsley, Yorkshire - What you need to know
Moving to Barnsley, Yorkshire - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Barnsley a nice place to live?'' 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 Barnsley 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 Barnsley truly a nice place to live, or are Brierley, Hoyland and Wombwell a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Barnsley

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of February 2021 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Barnsley. 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
Barnsley 145
Measborough Dike 118
Kendray 118
Monk Bretton 110
Shaw Lands 77
New Lodge 67
Pogmoor 32
Gawber 29
Ward Green 28
Keresforth Hill 23

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

Ward Average rank in England
Darton West (Best) 18626/32845
Dodworth 17776/32845
Darton East 14739/32845
Old Town 10733/32845
Cudworth 8566/32845
Stairfoot 6840/32845
Monk Bretton 6463/32845
Central 4971/32845
St Helens 4352/32845
Kingstone (Worst) 4350/32845
Reader Opinion:

Dearne Valley (Valley of Death!)

Your Health in Barnsley

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Sheffield 1.39% 4.83%
Wakefield 1.7% 5.99%
Doncaster 1.64% 5.62%
Barnsley (Barnsley) 1.79% 6.61%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Dodworth (Best) 10704/32845
Darton West 10408/32845
Darton East 9438/32845
Old Town 8834/32845
Cudworth 7444/32845
Monk Bretton 5863/32845
Kingstone 5525/32845
Central 5157/32845
Stairfoot 3857/32845
St Helens (Worst) 2959/32845
Reader Opinion:

Rotherham than me...

Deprivation in Barnsley

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 Barnsley. 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
Dodworth (Best) 19523/32845
Darton West 19162/32845
Darton East 17846/32845
Old Town 14292/32845
Cudworth 9566/32845
Central 8190/32845
Monk Bretton 7979/32845
Stairfoot 6995/32845
Kingstone 6894/32845
St Helens (Worst) 3611/32845

Average rent in Barnsley

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Barnsley

If you are thinking of moving to Barnsley, 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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