Moving to Christchurch, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Christchurch, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Christchurch 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 Christchurch 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 Christchurch the land of milk and honey or are Bournemouth, New Milton and Ringwood a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Christchurch

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 Christchurch. 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
Stour 77
Tuckton 72
Christchurch 54
Jumpers Common 51
Fairmile 42
Southbourne 34
South Bockhampton 15
Friars Cliff 8
Hengistbury Head 1
Waterditch 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ringwood East and Sopley (Best) 14666/32845
West Southbourne 17041/32845
Littledown & Ilford 17587/32845
Burton & Grange 18814/32845
Christchurch Town 20304/32845
East Southbourne & Tuckton 24363/32845
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 27146/32845
Highcliffe & Walkford 30351/32845
Boscombe West 5863/32845
Boscombe East & Pokesdown (Worst) 7576/32845
Reader Opinion:

Boscombe & Southbourne in Bournemouth, my advice is stay away!

Your Health in Christchurch

If you are thinking of moving to Christchurch, 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 Christchurch 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 Christchurch. 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 Christchurch. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst;

Ward Average rank in England
Boscombe East & Pokesdown (Best) 13726/32845
West Southbourne 15411/32845
Burton & Grange 18769/32845
East Southbourne & Tuckton 20344/32845
Littledown & Ilford 20491/32845
Christchurch Town 23975/32845
Highcliffe & Walkford 26206/32845
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 26306/32845
Ringwood East and Sopley 26547/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 8867/32845
Reader Opinion:

I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

Deprivation in Christchurch

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 Christchurch. 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
Boscombe East & Pokesdown (Best) 12348/32845
Burton & Grange 16014/32845
West Southbourne 17654/32845
Ringwood East and Sopley 20577/32845
Christchurch Town 21650/32845
Littledown & Ilford 23601/32845
East Southbourne & Tuckton 25197/32845
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 26561/32845
Highcliffe & Walkford 27200/32845
Boscombe West (Worst) 8887/32845

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

  2. Poole “it’s a beautiful place”, yeah right!!!!!!

    Poole “it’s a beautiful place”, yeah right!!!!!!

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    Bournemouth, quite possibly the biggest lie ever conceived.

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    Shaftesbury – it’s great if you’re old and rich

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    Bridport: historic **** town

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    I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

  7. Weymouth: Every day is like Sunday

    Weymouth: Every day is like Sunday

  8. Isle of Portland – Where hope goes to die

    Isle of Portland – Where hope goes to die

  9. Boscombe & Southbourne in Bournemouth, my advice is stay away!

    Boscombe & Southbourne in Bournemouth, my advice is stay away!