Is Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria a nice place to live?

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Moving to Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria - What you need to know
Moving to Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Kirkby Stephen 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 Kirkby Stephen 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 Kirkby Stephen truly a nice place to live, or are Appleby in Westmorland, Brampton and Sedbergh a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Kirkby Stephen

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 Kirkby Stephen. 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
Appleby-in-Westmorland 6
Hartley 4
Brough 1
Helbeck 1
Tebay 0
Broom 0
Crosby Garrett 0
Greenside 0
Brownber 0
Newbiggin-on-Lune 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hawes, High Abbotside & Upper Swaledale (Best) 32058/32845
Orton with Tebay 31263/32845
Brough 30367/32845
Ravenstonedale 30367/32845
Appleby (Appleby) 30304/32845
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale 29908/32845
Kendal Rural 28248/32845
Appleby (Bongate) 27985/32845
Warcop 27457/32845
Kirkby Stephen (Worst) 27073/32845
Reader Opinion:

Kirkby - Merseyside (what a sh*thole!)

Your Health in Kirkby Stephen

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

Town Very Bad Bad
South Lakeland 0.96% 3.57%
Hambleton 0.97% 3.33%
Eden (Kirkby Stephen) 0.9% 3.57%
Richmondshire 0.76% 2.93%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hawes, High Abbotside & Upper Swaledale (Best) 29914/32845
Brough 27913/32845
Ravenstonedale 27913/32845
Kendal Rural 27197/32845
Appleby (Bongate) 24956/32845
Warcop 23546/32845
Orton with Tebay 22999/32845
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale 22597/32845
Kirkby Stephen 20724/32845
Appleby (Appleby) (Worst) 12627/32845
Reader Opinion:

Kirkby - the bastard cousin of Liverpool

Deprivation in Kirkby Stephen

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 Kirkby Stephen. 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
Appleby (Bongate) (Best) 25163/32845
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale 22020/32845
Hawes, High Abbotside & Upper Swaledale 20707/32845
Kendal Rural 18667/32845
Orton with Tebay 16332/32845
Appleby (Appleby) 15069/32845
Kirkby Stephen 15060/32845
Warcop 12037/32845
Brough 11522/32845
Ravenstonedale (Worst) 11522/32845

Average rent in Kirkby Stephen

Every six months the Office for National statitics publishes a snapshot of rental costs. These statistics for Kirkby Stephen 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 Kirkby Stephen.

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Kirkby Stephen

If you are thinking of moving to Kirkby Stephen, 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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