Moving to Exeter, Devon? What you need to know

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Moving to Exeter, Devon - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Exeter in Devon? 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 Exeter 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 Exeter the land of milk and honey or are Crediton, Dawlish and Topsham a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Exeter

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of August 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Exeter. 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
Polsloe 162
Exeter 152
Stoke Hill 114
Pennsylvania 110
Heavitree 85
Monkerton 68
Duryard 59
Pinhoe 58
Exwick 38
Redhills 32

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

Ward Average rank in England
St David's (Best) 14812/32845
Mincinglake and Whipton 16511/32845
Duryard and St James 18046/32845
St Thomas 18240/32845
Exwick 18280/32845
Newtown and St Leonard's 18710/32845
Pennsylvania 21687/32845
Priory 21735/32845
Heavitree 23146/32845
St Loyes (Worst) 26521/32845
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Your Health in Exeter

If you are thinking of moving to Exeter, 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 Exeter 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
Teignbridge 1.25% 4.24% 14.68% 34.89% 44.94%
Exeter (Exeter) 1.1% 3.68% 11.95% 33.37% 49.91%
North Devon 1.27% 4.34% 14.16% 33.85% 46.38%
West Devon 1.18% 3.96% 14.28% 34.73% 45.85%

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

Ward Average rank in England
St David's (Best) 14897/32845
Priory 15204/32845
Mincinglake and Whipton 15389/32845
Duryard and St James 15779/32845
Newtown and St Leonard's 15877/32845
Exwick 16132/32845
St Thomas 16403/32845
Heavitree 17798/32845
Pennsylvania 18591/32845
St Loyes (Worst) 21112/32845

Deprivation in Exeter

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 Exeter. 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
Mincinglake and Whipton (Best) 14373/32845
Priory 15714/32845
St David's 16198/32845
Exwick 16668/32845
St Thomas 17459/32845
Newtown and St Leonard's 20363/32845
Heavitree 20861/32845
Duryard and St James 21822/32845
St Loyes 22172/32845
Pennsylvania (Worst) 22996/32845

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