Moving to Dorchester, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Dorchester, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester the land of milk and honey or are Chickerell, Portland and Weymouth a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Dorchester

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 Dorchester. 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
Dorchester 53
Frome 50
Charminster 18
Stinsford 16
Lower Bockhampton 4
Grimstone 3
Higher Bockhampton 2
Broadmayne 1
Stratton 0
Forston 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Westham (Best) 15632/32845
Dorchester Poundbury 18010/32845
Dorchester West 20738/32845
Radipole 20754/32845
Littlemoor & Preston 20950/32845
Dorchester East 23507/32845
Crossways 25916/32845
Winterborne & Broadmayne 27012/32845
Charminster St Mary's 27560/32845
Upwey & Broadwey (Worst) 28299/32845
Reader Opinion:

Isle of Portland - Where hope goes to die

Your Health in Dorchester

If you are thinking of moving to Dorchester, 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 Dorchester 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 1.03% 3.79% 13.82% 35.91% 45.45%
East Devon 1.13% 3.99% 15.07% 36.02% 43.79%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Radipole (Best) 11422/32845
Upwey & Broadwey 12134/32845
Dorchester West 14904/32845
Dorchester Poundbury 19436/32845
Dorchester East 19944/32845
Winterborne & Broadmayne 20341/32845
Crossways 22141/32845
Charminster St Mary's 23729/32845
Westham 6062/32845
Littlemoor & Preston (Worst) 9598/32845
Reader Opinion:

Sherborne, a hideously deranged town that looks great from afar

Deprivation in Dorchester

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 Dorchester. 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
Radipole (Best) 17473/32845
Littlemoor & Preston 17564/32845
Charminster St Mary's 18158/32845
Dorchester West 18176/32845
Dorchester Poundbury 19436/32845
Upwey & Broadwey 19755/32845
Crossways 21201/32845
Winterborne & Broadmayne 22153/32845
Dorchester East 22939/32845
Westham (Worst) 8823/32845

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