Moving to Chard, Somerset? What you need to know

Moving to Chard, Somerset - What you need to know
Moving to Chard, Somerset - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Chard 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 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 truly a nice place to live, 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 February 2021 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.

Policing Area Voilent Crimes
Furnham 36
Chard 30
Cuttiford’s Door 25
New England 25
Langham 25
Hornsbury 20
Paintmoor 18
Crimchard 18
Forton 9
Chardleigh Green 3

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

Axminster: The worst town I have ever visited!

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;

Town Very Bad Bad
South Somerset (Chard) 1.03% 3.79%
East Devon 1.13% 3.99%
Mid Devon 0.96% 3.58%

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
Yarty (Best) 26872/32845
Blackdown & Tatworth 24504/32845
Windwhistle 24364/32845
Neroche 21538/32845
Ilminster 21088/32845
Chard Crimchard 19096/32845
Chard Combe 14223/32845
Chard Avishayes 13685/32845
Chard Jocelyn 12156/32845
Chard Holyrood (Worst) 11086/32845
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
Neroche (Best) 19920/32845
Blackdown & Tatworth 19001/32845
Ilminster 18773/32845
Windwhistle 18691/32845
Chard Crimchard 18385/32845
Yarty 18102/32845
Chard Jocelyn 14799/32845
Chard Combe 14406/32845
Chard Avishayes 13765/32845
Chard Holyrood (Worst) 8702/32845

Average rent in Chard

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Chard

If you are thinking of moving to Chard, 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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