Moving to Bedford, Bedfordshire? What you need to know

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Moving to Bedford, Bedfordshire - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Bedford in Bedfordshire? 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 Bedford 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 Bedford the land of milk and honey or are Kempston, Sandy and Wixams a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Bedford

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 Bedford. 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
Castle 193
Bedford 167
South End 84
Kempston 72
Fenlake 70
Salph End 62
Brickhill 43
Harrowden 37
Biddenham 22
Clapham Green 8

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

Ward Average rank in England
Harpur (Best) 10825/32845
Queens Park 12008/32845
Kempston North 13568/32845
Newnham 15530/32845
Kempston Central and East 15656/32845
De Parys 17629/32845
Brickhill 21944/32845
Bromham and Biddenham 26778/32845
Castle 8840/32845
Cauldwell (Worst) 9934/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedford and Kempston "Your Papers Please!!"

Your Health in Bedford

If you are thinking of moving to Bedford, 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 Bedford 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
Milton Keynes 0.94% 3.2% 10.82% 34.88% 50.17%
Bedford (Bedford) 0.98% 3.55% 12.58% 35.98% 46.9%
Huntingdonshire 0.85% 3.09% 11.61% 35.67% 48.77%
South Northamptonshire 0.77% 2.64% 11.01% 34.87% 50.72%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Cauldwell (Best) 11231/32845
Queens Park 13132/32845
Kempston Central and East 13719/32845
Kempston North 14073/32845
Castle 14780/32845
Brickhill 18055/32845
De Parys 18083/32845
Newnham 20047/32845
Bromham and Biddenham 25874/32845
Harpur (Worst) 8397/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedford, the place is riddled with strange and backwards people

Deprivation in Bedford

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 Bedford. 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
Kempston North (Best) 12967/32845
Kempston Central and East 13121/32845
Castle 13294/32845
Newnham 20718/32845
De Parys 20916/32845
Brickhill 21487/32845
Bromham and Biddenham 28733/32845
Cauldwell 8462/32845
Queens Park 9106/32845
Harpur (Worst) 9936/32845

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