Moving to Rainham, Kent? What you need to know

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Moving to Rainham, Kent - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Rainham in Kent? 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 Rainham 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 Rainham the land of milk and honey or are Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Rainham

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 Rainham. 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
Grange 190
Lower Rainham 108
Lower Twydall 89
Rainham 73
Twydall 62
Moor Street 61
Hempstead 24
Farthing Corner 17
Upchurch 11
Hartlip 1

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

Ward Average rank in England
Twydall (Best) 10263/32845
Watling 10519/32845
Rainham North 11674/32845
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 12198/32845
Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow 12246/32845
Lordswood and Capstone 12597/32845
Rainham South 17702/32845
Rainham Central 18739/32845
Hempstead and Wigmore 23656/32845
Gillingham South (Worst) 3174/32845
Reader Opinion:

Hoo, if you smoke weed then there's one dealer for every 3 people

Your Health in Rainham

If you are thinking of moving to Rainham, 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 Rainham 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
Medway (Rainham) 1.09% 3.94% 13% 36.25% 45.72%
Maidstone 0.97% 3.43% 12.43% 35.05% 48.11%
Gravesham 1.1% 4.03% 13.4% 34.97% 46.5%
Tonbridge and Malling 0.86% 3.09% 11.81% 34.33% 49.92%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Twydall (Best) 12062/32845
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 15925/32845
Lordswood and Capstone 17180/32845
Watling 17824/32845
Rainham North 18105/32845
Rainham South 18375/32845
Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow 19673/32845
Rainham Central 23760/32845
Hempstead and Wigmore 27373/32845
Gillingham South (Worst) 9723/32845
Reader Opinion:

Rochester should forget Dickens. He's dead & the town should try a new trick

Deprivation in Rainham

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 Rainham. 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
Twydall (Best) 11421/32845
Lordswood and Capstone 16163/32845
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 16296/32845
Rainham North 18687/32845
Watling 18718/32845
Rainham South 21148/32845
Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow 21426/32845
Rainham Central 25138/32845
Hempstead and Wigmore 29973/32845
Gillingham South (Worst) 7013/32845

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