Is Harwich, Essex a nice place to live?

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Moving to Harwich, Essex - What you need to know
Moving to Harwich, Essex - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Harwich a nice place to live?'' 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 Harwich 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 Harwich truly a nice place to live, or are Dovercourt, Parkeston and Felixstowe a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Harwich

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of February 2021 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Harwich. 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.

Policing Area Voilent Crimes
Harwich 68
Bath Side 60
Dovercourt 51
Walton 43
Parkeston 43
Tower Hill 34
Upper Dovercourt 28
Felixstowe 25
Shotley Gate 20
Shotley 1

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ganges (Best) 27960/32845
Stour 27285/32845
Orwell & Villages 23630/32845
Eastern Felixstowe 21300/32845
Dovercourt Tollgate 16449/32845
Western Felixstowe 15820/32845
Dovercourt Vines & Parkeston 12975/32845
Dovercourt All Saints 12022/32845
Dovercourt Bay 8620/32845
Harwich & Kingsway (Worst) 2733/32845
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Your Health in Harwich

If you are thinking of moving to Harwich, 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 Harwich compares to its neighbouring local authorities. People were asked to rate their current health from very bad to very good;

Town Very Bad Bad
Tendring (Harwich) 1.78% 5.83%
Ipswich 1.14% 3.92%
Mid Suffolk 0.83% 3.12%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Stour (Best) 29218/32845
Ganges 27394/32845
Orwell & Villages 21610/32845
Eastern Felixstowe 18083/32845
Western Felixstowe 13364/32845
Dovercourt Vines & Parkeston 9887/32845
Dovercourt Bay 9242/32845
Dovercourt All Saints 9075/32845
Dovercourt Tollgate 8068/32845
Harwich & Kingsway (Worst) 5562/32845
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Deprivation in Harwich

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 Harwich. 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
Stour (Best) 24669/32845
Eastern Felixstowe 20758/32845
Orwell & Villages 19883/32845
Ganges 18318/32845
Western Felixstowe 12629/32845
Dovercourt Tollgate 12489/32845
Dovercourt All Saints 12004/32845
Dovercourt Vines & Parkeston 10729/32845
Dovercourt Bay 9428/32845
Harwich & Kingsway (Worst) 2640/32845

Average rent in Harwich

Every six months the Office for National statitics publishes a snapshot of rental costs. These statistics for Harwich are dated September 2021. They are split into three figures, the lower quartile, mean and upper quartile. If you recieve housing benefit or the housing benefit section of Universal Credit, the lower quartile is at the top limit of what would be affordable. The mean is the average you'd expect to pay for a rental property and the upper quartile is the average rental cost of the most expensive 25% of properties in Harwich.

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Harwich

If you are thinking of moving to Harwich, you'll want to know how much you can earn in a job in the town. The government publish regular statistics on gross weekly pay and pay per hour.


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