Moving to Chard, Somerset? What you need to know

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Moving to Chard, Somerset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Chard in Somerset? 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 Chard 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 Chard the land of milk and honey or are Axminster, Crewkerne and Ilminster a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Chard

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 Chard. 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
Furnham 42
Chard 37
Cuttiford’s Door 26
New England 26
Langham 26
Crimchard 22
Hornsbury 18
Paintmoor 15
Forton 14
Chardleigh Green 10

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

Ward Average rank in England
Chard Avishayes (Best) 10937/32845
Chard Combe 12497/32845
Chard Crimchard 15734/32845
Chard Jocelyn 16198/32845
Ilminster 22002/32845
Blackdown & Tatworth 25153/32845
Neroche 25539/32845
Windwhistle 26759/32845
Yarty 28351/32845
Chard Holyrood (Worst) 8527/32845
Reader Opinion:

Chard: The town where the garbage men make deliveries

Your Health in Chard

If you are thinking of moving to Chard, 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 Chard 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
South Somerset (Chard) 1.03% 3.79% 13.82% 35.91% 45.45%
East Devon 1.13% 3.99% 15.07% 36.02% 43.79%
Mid Devon 0.96% 3.58% 13.37% 35.44% 46.64%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Chard Holyrood (Best) 11086/32845
Chard Jocelyn 12156/32845
Chard Avishayes 13685/32845
Chard Combe 14223/32845
Chard Crimchard 19096/32845
Ilminster 21088/32845
Neroche 21538/32845
Windwhistle 24364/32845
Blackdown & Tatworth 24504/32845
Yarty (Worst) 26872/32845
Reader Opinion:

Axminster - Blink and you'll miss it

Deprivation in Chard

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 Chard. 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
Chard Avishayes (Best) 13765/32845
Chard Combe 14406/32845
Chard Jocelyn 14799/32845
Yarty 18102/32845
Chard Crimchard 18385/32845
Windwhistle 18691/32845
Ilminster 18773/32845
Blackdown & Tatworth 19001/32845
Neroche 19920/32845
Chard Holyrood (Worst) 8702/32845

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    Chard: The town where the garbage men make deliveries

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    Chard, the houses remind me of Cambridge… if it had been bombed

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    Bridgwater, take your time driving through (with the doors locked)

  4. Minehead, Grockels come to here to paddle their hairy toes in the sea

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  5. Bridgwater: like an open cesspit, the thickest sh*ts tend to accumulate here

    Bridgwater: like an open cesspit, the thickest sh*ts tend to accumulate here

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    Glastonbury: it’s hard to find anyone who isn’t blowing shamanic smoke up their own ****

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    Yeovil, neatly situated in the **** end of nowhere

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