Moving to Colchester, Essex? What you need to know

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Moving to Colchester, Essex - What you need to know
Moving to Colchester, Essex - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Colchester in Essex? 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 Colchester 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 Colchester the land of milk and honey or are Brightlingsea, Romford and Wivenhoe a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Colchester

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 Colchester. 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.

How grim is your Postcode?
Polcing Area Voilent Crimes
Colchester 148
Parson’s Heath 144
Abbey Field 139
Greenstead 135
Mile End 65
Fox Street 61
Crockleford Hill 59
Berechurch 49
Shrub End 45
Colne 39

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wivenhoe (Best) 26510/32845
Highwoods 21802/32845
St Anne's and St John's 18739/32845
Shrub End 18533/32845
Mile End 16072/32845
New Town and Christ Church 11623/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 10748/32845
Berechurch 8599/32845
Greenstead 8582/32845
Castle (Worst) 6095/32845
Reader Opinion:

Colchester, Oh how this town has changed!

Your Health in Colchester

If you are thinking of moving to Colchester, 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 Colchester 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
Tendring 1.78% 5.83% 18.15% 35.82% 38.42%
Colchester (Colchester) 0.96% 3.29% 12.09% 34.83% 48.83%
Ipswich 1.14% 3.92% 13.53% 35.84% 45.56%
Babergh 0.89% 3.45% 13.25% 35.83% 46.59%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wivenhoe (Best) 25471/32845
Mile End 22134/32845
New Town and Christ Church 17375/32845
Castle 17325/32845
Highwoods 15004/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 13991/32845
Shrub End 13340/32845
St Anne's and St John's 13332/32845
Berechurch 11546/32845
Greenstead (Worst) 10614/32845
Reader Opinion:

Romford is commonly referred to as 'slag town'

Deprivation in Colchester

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 Colchester. 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
Wivenhoe (Best) 26637/32845
Mile End 22330/32845
Highwoods 19433/32845
New Town and Christ Church 17477/32845
St Anne's and St John's 17400/32845
Castle 15603/32845
Shrub End 14074/32845
Old Heath and The Hythe 13494/32845
Berechurch 10617/32845
Greenstead (Worst) 8999/32845

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