Moving to Lancaster, Lancashire? What you need to know

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Moving to Lancaster, Lancashire - What you need to know
Moving to Lancaster, Lancashire - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster truly a nice place to live, or are Carnforth, Garstang and Morecambe a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Lancaster

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 Lancaster. 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
Torrisholme 68
Bare 63
Lancaster 62
Abraham Heights 20
Bailrigg 8
Hest Bank 3
Aldcliffe 2
Halton 0
Heaton 0
Stodday 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Lower Lune Valley (Best) 27094/32845
John O'Gaunt 25762/32845
Scotforth East 21567/32845
Scotforth West 18514/32845
Marsh 13793/32845
Castle 12869/32845
Westgate 11920/32845
Skerton West 9047/32845
Bulk 4720/32845
Skerton East (Worst) 2623/32845
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Your Health in Lancaster

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Blackpool 2.2% 7.28%
Lancaster (Lancaster) 1.3% 4.49%
Wyre 1.66% 5.52%
Barrow-in-Furness 1.8% 6.57%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Lower Lune Valley (Best) 16971/32845
Scotforth West 15536/32845
John O'Gaunt 14448/32845
Marsh 11913/32845
Scotforth East 11615/32845
Castle 11024/32845
Skerton West 8731/32845
Skerton East 7357/32845
Bulk 6479/32845
Westgate (Worst) 4254/32845
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Deprivation in Lancaster

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 Lancaster. 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
John O'Gaunt (Best) 22731/32845
Lower Lune Valley 22264/32845
Scotforth West 20688/32845
Scotforth East 18384/32845
Marsh 15671/32845
Castle 15448/32845
Skerton West 11311/32845
Bulk 8361/32845
Westgate 7395/32845
Skerton East (Worst) 6288/32845

Average rent in Lancaster

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Lancaster

If you are thinking of moving to Lancaster, 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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