Moving to Bournemouth, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Bournemouth, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Bournemouth in Dorset? 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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth the land of milk and honey or are Christchurch, Ferndown and Poole a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Bournemouth

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 Bournemouth. 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
Springbourne 298
Bournemouth 174
Boscombe 155
Charminster 130
Moordown 120
Talbot Woods 114
Bourne Valley 94
Talbot Heath 94
Talbot Village 93
Ensbury Park 93

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

Ward Average rank in England
Winton East (Best) 12205/32845
Queen's Park 12476/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 15008/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 15387/32845
Littledown & Ilford 17587/32845
Moordown 20485/32845
Canford Cliffs 22528/32845
Bournemouth Central 4827/32845
East Cliff & Springbourne 5068/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 5863/32845
Reader Opinion:

I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

Your Health in Bournemouth

If you are thinking of moving to Bournemouth, 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 Bournemouth 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
Southampton 1.2% 3.89% 12.36% 34.99% 47.56%
Isle of Wight 1.47% 5.01% 16.18% 36.53% 40.81%
New Forest 1.08% 3.81% 14.09% 35.87% 45.15%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Bournemouth Central (Best) 10995/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 14220/32845
Winton East 15426/32845
Queen's Park 15886/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 17485/32845
Moordown 19978/32845
Littledown & Ilford 20491/32845
Canford Cliffs 26051/32845
East Cliff & Springbourne 8708/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 8867/32845
Reader Opinion:

Sunny, Sunny Bournemouth, it's more like crappy, crappy Bournemouth

Deprivation in Bournemouth

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 Bournemouth. 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
Bournemouth Central (Best) 11199/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 14943/32845
Queen's Park 17364/32845
Winton East 17527/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 19239/32845
Moordown 23043/32845
Littledown & Ilford 23601/32845
Canford Cliffs 27470/32845
Boscombe West 8887/32845
East Cliff & Springbourne (Worst) 9172/32845

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