Moving to Pontefract, Yorkshire? What you need to know

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Moving to Pontefract, Yorkshire - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Pontefract in Yorkshire? 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 Pontefract 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 Pontefract the land of milk and honey or are Castleford, Featherstone and Knottingley a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Pontefract

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of August 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Pontefract. 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
Red Hill 109
Monkhill 96
Airedale 92
Pontefract 80
Knottingley 61
Strawberry Hill 50
Ferrybridge 34
Byram 30
Carleton 24
Chequerfield 24

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

Ward Average rank in England
Featherstone (Best) 10900/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 12091/32845
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 12682/32845
Byram & Brotherton 19993/32845
Monk Fryston 23897/32845
Knottingley 3228/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 5320/32845
Pontefract South 7788/32845
Pontefract North 7934/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston (Worst) 8816/32845
Reader Opinion:

Castleford, where everybody is a blood relative of the person next to them

Your Health in Pontefract

If you are thinking of moving to Pontefract, 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 Pontefract 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
Wakefield (Pontefract) 1.7% 5.99% 15.53% 34.04% 42.75%
Barnsley 1.79% 6.61% 16.42% 33.58% 41.6%
East Riding of Yorkshire 1.24% 4.15% 14.46% 34.97% 45.19%
Selby 0.97% 3.6% 12.77% 34.3% 48.35%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton (Best) 11294/32845
Byram & Brotherton 23004/32845
Monk Fryston 25963/32845
Knottingley 6288/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 7390/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 7420/32845
Pontefract North 7754/32845
Featherstone 8022/32845
Pontefract South 9379/32845
Altofts and Whitwood (Worst) 9899/32845
Reader Opinion:

Selby is packed to the grubby chlamydia infested gills with utter dreck

Deprivation in Pontefract

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 Pontefract. 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
Pontefract South (Best) 11887/32845
Altofts and Whitwood 12851/32845
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 14632/32845
Byram & Brotherton 20354/32845
Monk Fryston 24670/32845
Knottingley 6514/32845
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 8239/32845
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 9466/32845
Featherstone 9919/32845
Pontefract North (Worst) 9936/32845

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  1. Castleford, where everybody is a blood relative of the person next to them

    Castleford, where everybody is a blood relative of the person next to them

  2. Wakefield people: Stella in one hand, Greggs Steak Bake in the other

    Wakefield people: Stella in one hand, Greggs Steak Bake in the other

  3. Selby is packed to the grubby chlamydia ******** gills with utter dreck

    Selby is packed to the grubby chlamydia ******** gills with utter dreck

  4. Wakefield: a cultural wilderness of apish men and women in white stilettos

    Wakefield: a cultural wilderness of apish men and women in white stilettos

  5. Streethouse, or Sh*thouse as it’s affectionately known as by the locals

    Streethouse, or Sh*thouse as it’s affectionately known as by the locals

  6. York – From Hell to Middle Class Hades

    York – From Hell to Middle Class Hades

  7. Featherstone – They’ll give thee a kickin’

    Featherstone – They’ll give thee a kickin’