Moving to Norwich, Norfolk? What you need to know

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Moving to Norwich, Norfolk - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Norwich in Norfolk? 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 Norwich 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 Norwich the land of milk and honey or are Rackheath, Thorpe St Andrew and Wroxham a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Norwich

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of July 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Norwich. 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
New Catton 286
Norwich 252
Mile Cross 169
New Sprowston 168
Lakenham 148
Sprowston 124
Old Catton 109
Earlham 90
Long John’s Hill 54
Eaton 22

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

Ward Average rank in England
Sewell (Best) 10274/32845
University 11431/32845
Lakenham 14697/32845
Town Close 17126/32845
Nelson 17379/32845
Eaton 24752/32845
Mile Cross 5491/32845
Mancroft 6152/32845
Wensum 7572/32845
Thorpe Hamlet (Worst) 9041/32845
Reader Opinion:

Lowestoft: the land of gormless men & severely pale and overweight single mothers

Your Health in Norwich

If you are thinking of moving to Norwich, 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 Norwich 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
Norwich (Norwich) 1.24% 4.42% 14.05% 35.42% 44.87%
Great Yarmouth 1.63% 5.48% 16.58% 36.01% 40.3%
North Norfolk 1.39% 4.77% 17.15% 37.77% 38.92%
Broadland 1.08% 3.61% 14.02% 36.99% 44.3%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Nelson (Best) 12715/32845
Town Close 13551/32845
Eaton 19050/32845
Mancroft 2834/32845
Mile Cross 3736/32845
Wensum 4724/32845
Lakenham 5039/32845
University 6885/32845
Sewell 7312/32845
Thorpe Hamlet (Worst) 7371/32845
Reader Opinion:

Great Yarmouth - A museum of bleakness and decay

Deprivation in Norwich

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 Norwich. 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
University (Best) 10506/32845
Sewell 11447/32845
Thorpe Hamlet 12422/32845
Nelson 19997/32845
Town Close 20121/32845
Eaton 26705/32845
Mile Cross 4687/32845
Mancroft 6413/32845
Wensum 6782/32845
Lakenham (Worst) 8362/32845

Top 10 worst places to live in England 2020






  1. Watton – Most Boring Town Ever

    Watton – Most Boring Town Ever

  2. Hunstanton – don’t waste your time

    Hunstanton – don’t waste your time

  3. Dereham – More like Drearam. Stay away if you’re not a local

    Dereham – More like Drearam. Stay away if you’re not a local

  4. “Dirty GY” a.k.a Great Yarmouth

    “Dirty GY” a.k.a Great Yarmouth

  5. Great Yarmouth – A museum of bleakness and decay

    Great Yarmouth – A museum of bleakness and decay

  6. Diss, at least it sounds like a nice place

    Diss, at least it sounds like a nice place

  7. Thetford is very, very scary

    Thetford is very, very scary

  8. Lowestoft: the land of gormless men & severely pale and overweight single mothers

    Lowestoft: the land of gormless men & severely pale and overweight single mothers

  9. Swaffham, kinda near the legendary King’s Lynn

    Swaffham, kinda near the legendary King’s Lynn