Moving to Dunstable, Bedfordshire? What you need to know

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Moving to Dunstable, Bedfordshire - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Dunstable in Bedfordshire? 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 Dunstable 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 Dunstable the land of milk and honey or are Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Luton a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Dunstable

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 Dunstable. 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
Leagrave 80
Parkside 57
Dunstable 37
Bidwell 36
Beecroft 26
Downside 26
Chaul End 15
Totternhoe 4
Kensworth 1
Tilsworth 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Dunstable-Icknield (Best) 12142/32845
Dunstable-Watling 17051/32845
Dunstable-Manshead 4428/32845
Parkside 4604/32845
Dunstable-Central 6116/32845
Houghton Hall 7850/32845
Dunstable-Northfields 7957/32845
Tithe Farm 8048/32845
Challney 8411/32845
Lewsey (Worst) 9466/32845
Reader Opinion:

Loathsome Luton!

Your Health in Dunstable

If you are thinking of moving to Dunstable, 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 Dunstable 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
Luton 1.2% 3.73% 12.44% 36.07% 46.56%
Central Bedfordshire (Dunstable) 0.84% 3.02% 11.48% 35.52% 49.15%
Dacorum 0.87% 3.16% 11.58% 34.05% 50.34%
North Hertfordshire 0.81% 3.11% 11.77% 34.11% 50.19%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Parkside (Best) 13560/32845
Challney 13672/32845
Tithe Farm 15619/32845
Houghton Hall 16069/32845
Dunstable-Northfields 18051/32845
Dunstable-Manshead 18253/32845
Dunstable-Central 22210/32845
Dunstable-Icknield 24746/32845
Dunstable-Watling 27684/32845
Lewsey (Worst) 8427/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedford - billed to be the Garden of Eden, but ended up like Stalinist Russia!

Deprivation in Dunstable

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 Dunstable. 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
Challney (Best) 11749/32845
Tithe Farm 11905/32845
Houghton Hall 12479/32845
Dunstable-Northfields 12897/32845
Dunstable-Manshead 13077/32845
Dunstable-Central 17322/32845
Dunstable-Icknield 20666/32845
Dunstable-Watling 26038/32845
Lewsey 8674/32845
Parkside (Worst) 9398/32845

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