Moving to Birmingham, West Midlands? What you need to know

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Moving to Birmingham, West Midlands - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Birmingham in West Midlands? 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham the land of milk and honey or are Oldbury, Smethwick and West Bromwich a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Birmingham

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of July 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Birmingham. 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
Bordesley 379
Netchells Green 315
Gib Heath 283
Highgate 277
Birmingham 244
Saltley 244
Rotton Park 235
Aston 201
Ladywood 194
Balsall Heath 185

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

Ward Average rank in England
Newtown (Best) 10177/32845
Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East 12137/32845
Edgbaston 13387/32845
Bordesley Green 14135/32845
Bordesley & Highgate 6504/32845
Lozells 6589/32845
Soho & Jewellery Quarter 7630/32845
North Edgbaston 7956/32845
Balsall Heath West 9202/32845
Ladywood (Worst) 9699/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in Birmingham

If you are thinking of moving to Birmingham, 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 Birmingham 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
Birmingham (Birmingham) 1.65% 5.04% 13.87% 33.91% 45.53%
Sandwell 1.8% 5.9% 15.61% 34.76% 41.93%
Solihull 1.21% 3.99% 13.09% 34.2% 47.51%
Bromsgrove 1.1% 3.72% 12.69% 33.43% 49.05%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Edgbaston (Best) 14430/32845
Balsall Heath West 3361/32845
Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East 4942/32845
Bordesley Green 5060/32845
Bordesley & Highgate 6090/32845
Lozells 6163/32845
Soho & Jewellery Quarter 7019/32845
Newtown 7759/32845
Ladywood 8072/32845
North Edgbaston (Worst) 8553/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Deprivation in Birmingham

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 Birmingham. 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
Lozells (Best) 1273/32845
Edgbaston 13015/32845
Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East 1370/32845
Balsall Heath West 1616/32845
Bordesley Green 1641/32845
Newtown 3603/32845
Bordesley & Highgate 3850/32845
Soho & Jewellery Quarter 5270/32845
North Edgbaston 6167/32845
Ladywood (Worst) 8687/32845

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