Is Penzance, Cornwall a nice place to live?

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Moving to Penzance, Cornwall - What you need to know
Moving to Penzance, Cornwall - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Penzance 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 Penzance 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 Penzance truly a nice place to live, or are Marazion, Newlyn and St Just a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Penzance

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 Penzance. 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
Trythogga 50
Chyandour 45
Heamoor 45
Longrock 10
Madron 8
Paul 3
Newlyn 3
Castle Gate 2
Crowlas 1
Marazion 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Lelant and Carbis Bay (Best) 31543/32845
St Buryan 27692/32845
Newlyn and Mousehole 27336/32845
Ludgvan 26962/32845
Marazion and Perranuthnoe 26019/32845
St Ives West 24431/32845
Gulval and Heamoor 20257/32845
Penzance Promenade 20019/32845
Penzance East 12801/32845
Penzance Central (Worst) 12153/32845

Your Health in Penzance

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Cornwall (Penzance) 1.43% 4.87%
Plymouth 1.44% 5.08%
South Hams 1.11% 3.8%
Isles of Scilly 0.59% 2.41%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Lelant and Carbis Bay (Best) 20360/32845
St Buryan 19327/32845
Marazion and Perranuthnoe 18822/32845
Ludgvan 16371/32845
St Ives West 15816/32845
Newlyn and Mousehole 15026/32845
Penzance Promenade 11170/32845
Gulval and Heamoor 8948/32845
Penzance Central 7925/32845
Penzance East (Worst) 7049/32845

Deprivation in Penzance

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 Penzance. 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
Lelant and Carbis Bay (Best) 18839/32845
St Ives West 13167/32845
Marazion and Perranuthnoe 11481/32845
Newlyn and Mousehole 10855/32845
St Buryan 10417/32845
Ludgvan 10113/32845
Penzance Promenade 8709/32845
Gulval and Heamoor 6499/32845
Penzance Central 6196/32845
Penzance East (Worst) 5548/32845

Average rent in Penzance

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Penzance

If you are thinking of moving to Penzance, 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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