Is Blackheath, West Midlands a nice place to live?

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

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Blackheath 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 Blackheath 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 Blackheath truly a nice place to live, or are Halesowen, Oldbury and Rowley Regis a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Blackheath

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 Blackheath. 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
Rowley Regis 142
Langley Green 125
Causeway Green 125
Portway 118
Oldbury 115
Bristnall Fields 105
Blackheath 88
Haden Cross 87
Springfield 86
Coombeswood 79

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

Ward Average rank in England
Belle Vale (Best) 21382/32845
Halesowen South 18719/32845
Halesowen North 16816/32845
Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood 15006/32845
Blackheath 14205/32845
Cradley Heath and Old Hill 13889/32845
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews 13133/32845
Tividale 13039/32845
Langley 11216/32845
Rowley (Worst) 10557/32845
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Your Health in Blackheath

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Birmingham 1.65% 5.04%
Sandwell (Blackheath) 1.8% 5.9%
Dudley 1.42% 5.09%
Wolverhampton 1.66% 5.53%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Halesowen South (Best) 19337/32845
Halesowen North 14585/32845
Belle Vale 13319/32845
Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood 10462/32845
Tividale 9686/32845
Blackheath 8783/32845
Rowley 7991/32845
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews 7338/32845
Cradley Heath and Old Hill 7188/32845
Langley (Worst) 6693/32845
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Deprivation in Blackheath

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 Blackheath. 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
Halesowen South (Best) 21669/32845
Halesowen North 15328/32845
Belle Vale 14506/32845
Tividale 10833/32845
Blackheath 9283/32845
Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood 8950/32845
Cradley Heath and Old Hill 8893/32845
Rowley 8365/32845
Langley 6243/32845
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews (Worst) 5462/32845

Average rent in Blackheath

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Blackheath

If you are thinking of moving to Blackheath, 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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