Moving to Portland, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Portland, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Portland in Dorset? 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 Portland 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 Portland the land of milk and honey or are Chickerell, Dorchester and Weymouth a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Portland

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 Portland. 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
Southill 52
Fortuneswell 41
Chesil 41
Isle of Portland 33
Castletown 25
Southlands 24
Lanehouse 17
Southwell 13
Charlestown 3
Bill Of Portland 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Westham (Best) 15632/32845
Portland 17600/32845
Rodwell & Wyke 19997/32845
Radipole 20754/32845
Littlemoor & Preston 20950/32845
Chickerell 23317/32845
Crossways 25916/32845
West Purbeck 27904/32845
Upwey & Broadwey 28299/32845
Melcombe Regis (Worst) 6870/32845
Reader Opinion:

Abingdon or more accurately, "ScAbingdon"

Your Health in Portland

If you are thinking of moving to Portland, 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 Portland 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
New Forest 1.08% 3.81% 14.09% 35.87% 45.15%
East Devon 1.13% 3.99% 15.07% 36.02% 43.79%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Radipole (Best) 11422/32845
Upwey & Broadwey 12134/32845
Melcombe Regis 1227/32845
Chickerell 13231/32845
West Purbeck 20448/32845
Crossways 22141/32845
Westham 6062/32845
Portland 7942/32845
Rodwell & Wyke 9183/32845
Littlemoor & Preston (Worst) 9598/32845
Reader Opinion:

Didcot - a railway siding dressed up as a portal to real, actual hell

Deprivation in Portland

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 Portland. 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
Portland (Best) 10048/32845
Rodwell & Wyke 12931/32845
Radipole 17473/32845
Littlemoor & Preston 17564/32845
Chickerell 18355/32845
West Purbeck 18437/32845
Upwey & Broadwey 19755/32845
Crossways 21201/32845
Melcombe Regis 3293/32845
Westham (Worst) 8823/32845

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    Sunny, Sunny Bournemouth, it’s more like crappy, crappy Bournemouth

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    Boscombe & Southbourne in Bournemouth, my advice is stay away!

  7. Poole “it’s a beautiful place”, yeah right!!!!!!

    Poole “it’s a beautiful place”, yeah right!!!!!!

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    Sherborne is a quiet peaceful town, but underneath it is a festering wound

  9. Bournemouth, quite possibly the biggest lie ever conceived.

    Bournemouth, quite possibly the biggest lie ever conceived.