Moving to Gillingham, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Gillingham, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Gillingham 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 Gillingham 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 Gillingham the land of milk and honey or are Shaftesbury, Wincanton and Mere a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Gillingham

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of November 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Gillingham. 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
Bowridge Hill 21
Bay 19
Colesbrook 17
Peacemarsh 17
Gillingham 15
Milton on Stour 12
Ham Common 8
Madjeston 3
Silton 1
Eccliffe 1

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wincanton (Best) 16788/32845
Shaftesbury Town 23489/32845
Mere 23524/32845
Postlebury 23549/32845
Tisbury 23729/32845
Beacon 24111/32845
Blackmoor Vale 27464/32845
Gillingham 28754/32845
Sturminster Newton 28783/32845
Stalbridge & Marnhull (Worst) 31886/32845
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Your Health in Gillingham

If you are thinking of moving to Gillingham, 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 Gillingham 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
New Forest 1.08% 3.81% 14.09% 35.87% 45.15%
South Somerset 1.03% 3.79% 13.82% 35.91% 45.45%
Mendip 1.01% 3.79% 13.38% 35.02% 46.81%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wincanton (Best) 19905/32845
Stalbridge & Marnhull 22656/32845
Shaftesbury Town 22852/32845
Beacon 23040/32845
Postlebury 23962/32845
Gillingham 24358/32845
Blackmoor Vale 24707/32845
Mere 25135/32845
Sturminster Newton 25319/32845
Tisbury (Worst) 29054/32845
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Deprivation in Gillingham

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 Gillingham. 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
Beacon (Best) 15258/32845
Tisbury 17509/32845
Postlebury 17538/32845
Wincanton 18005/32845
Blackmoor Vale 18098/32845
Mere 18355/32845
Stalbridge & Marnhull 18841/32845
Shaftesbury Town 18930/32845
Sturminster Newton 20230/32845
Gillingham (Worst) 23121/32845

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