Is Burslem, Staffordshire a nice place to live?

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Moving to Burslem, Staffordshire - What you need to know
Moving to Burslem, Staffordshire - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Burslem 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 Burslem 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 Burslem truly a nice place to live, or are Kidsgrove, Longton and Newcastle under Lyme a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Burslem

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 Burslem. 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
Newcastle-under-Lyme 87
Basford 86
May Bank 86
Burslem 72
Stoke-on-Trent 70
Cobridge 67
Cross Heath 67
Etruria 52
Porthill 34
Longport 34

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

Ward Average rank in England
Bradwell (Best) 20016/32845
Thistleberry 19522/32845
May Bank 17687/32845
Wolstanton 15844/32845
Knutton 12410/32845
Town 10132/32845
Cross Heath 9094/32845
Burslem Park 6840/32845
Moorcroft 3018/32845
Burslem Central (Worst) 2114/32845
Reader Opinion:

Newcastle, just don't

Your Health in Burslem

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Stoke-on-Trent 1.87% 6.17%
Shropshire 1.13% 3.91%
Newcastle-under-Lyme (Burslem) 1.4% 5.1%
Staffordshire Moorlands 1.37% 4.55%

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

Ward Average rank in England
May Bank (Best) 12960/32845
Wolstanton 12609/32845
Thistleberry 12028/32845
Bradwell 11571/32845
Cross Heath 5623/32845
Town 5451/32845
Knutton 4047/32845
Burslem Park 3688/32845
Burslem Central 2297/32845
Moorcroft (Worst) 2189/32845
Reader Opinion:

Kazakhstan to Crewe - no thank you!

Deprivation in Burslem

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 Burslem. 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
May Bank (Best) 18888/32845
Thistleberry 18753/32845
Wolstanton 18213/32845
Bradwell 17927/32845
Town 9365/32845
Cross Heath 7896/32845
Knutton 7345/32845
Burslem Park 5358/32845
Moorcroft 3515/32845
Burslem Central (Worst) 2843/32845

Average rent in Burslem

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Burslem

If you are thinking of moving to Burslem, 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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