Moving to Folkestone, Kent? What you need to know

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Moving to Folkestone, Kent - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Folkestone in Kent? 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 Folkestone 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 Folkestone the land of milk and honey or are Dover, Hythe and New Romney a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Folkestone

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 Folkestone. 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
Coolinge 67
Morehall 67
Capel-le-Ferne 55
Cheriton 45
Sandgate 23
Shorncliffe Camp 19
Horn Street 12
Gibraltar 11
Paddlesworth 5
Arpinge 5

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

Ward Average rank in England
Cheriton (Best) 18455/32845
Alkham & Capel-le-Ferne 19273/32845
North Downs East 20823/32845
Sandgate & West Folkestone 23763/32845
Hythe 24220/32845
North Downs West 25861/32845
Folkestone Harbour 5537/32845
East Folkestone 7014/32845
Folkestone Central 7093/32845
Broadmead (Worst) 9231/32845
Reader Opinion:

Dover - Most neglected unloved town in the UK

Your Health in Folkestone

If you are thinking of moving to Folkestone, 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 Folkestone 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
Canterbury 1.12% 4.06% 13.37% 34.63% 46.82%
Shepway (Folkestone) 1.49% 4.93% 15.25% 36.12% 42.21%
Dover 1.33% 4.96% 14.99% 35.35% 43.37%
Ashford 1.06% 3.53% 12.74% 35.09% 47.58%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Broadmead (Best) 12650/32845
Sandgate & West Folkestone 17386/32845
Cheriton 18256/32845
Hythe 19034/32845
North Downs East 20248/32845
Alkham & Capel-le-Ferne 21643/32845
North Downs West 24330/32845
Folkestone Harbour 7530/32845
Folkestone Central 8342/32845
East Folkestone (Worst) 9222/32845
Reader Opinion:

Dover - Arsehole of England

Deprivation in Folkestone

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 Folkestone. 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
Broadmead (Best) 14824/32845
Cheriton 15413/32845
Alkham & Capel-le-Ferne 17064/32845
Sandgate & West Folkestone 18750/32845
North Downs West 19666/32845
Hythe 19818/32845
North Downs East 20256/32845
Folkestone Harbour 5264/32845
Folkestone Central 7574/32845
East Folkestone (Worst) 8229/32845

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