Moving to Reading, Berkshire? What you need to know

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Moving to Reading, Berkshire - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Reading in Berkshire? 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 Reading 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 Reading the land of milk and honey or are Earley, Woodley and Henley on Thames a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Reading

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 Reading. 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
Reading 219
Coley 171
Lower Caversham 168
Foudry Brook 125
Caversham Heights 84
Caversham 72
Emmer Green 45
Littlestead Green 30
Dunsden Green 19
Play Hatch 13

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

Ward Average rank in England
Katesgrove (Best) 12615/32845
Church 12720/32845
Minster 13488/32845
Caversham 14916/32845
Park 17723/32845
Redlands 17867/32845
Bulmershe and Whitegates 25954/32845
Thames 28725/32845
Abbey 6542/32845
Battle (Worst) 7641/32845
Reader Opinion:

Reading - what was a fairly nice university town is now a hell hole

Your Health in Reading

If you are thinking of moving to Reading, 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 Reading 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
Reading (Reading) 0.81% 2.95% 10.77% 35.27% 50.21%
Windsor and Maidenhead 0.75% 2.68% 9.85% 32.22% 54.51%
Wokingham 0.61% 2.14% 9.44% 33.56% 54.26%
Bracknell Forest 0.72% 2.53% 10.06% 34.29% 52.4%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Minster (Best) 11216/32845
Abbey 12058/32845
Church 12899/32845
Katesgrove 14062/32845
Battle 14995/32845
Caversham 18340/32845
Redlands 19112/32845
Park 19875/32845
Thames 28134/32845
Bulmershe and Whitegates (Worst) 29862/32845
Reader Opinion:

Reading - it's the home of some great characters

Deprivation in Reading

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 Reading. 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
Church (Best) 10924/32845
Abbey 12363/32845
Battle 12447/32845
Minster 13627/32845
Katesgrove 13697/32845
Caversham 18899/32845
Park 19752/32845
Redlands 20929/32845
Bulmershe and Whitegates 24874/32845
Thames (Worst) 31405/32845

Top 10 worst places to live in England 2020






  1. Reading – it’s the home of some great characters

    Reading – it’s the home of some great characters

  2. Reading – what was a fairly nice university town is now a hell hole

    Reading – what was a fairly nice university town is now a hell hole

  3. Slough, If the Earth needed an enema, this where they’d insert the tube

    Slough, If the Earth needed an enema, this where they’d insert the tube

  4. Maidenhead: Not fit for a Royal wedding!

    Maidenhead: Not fit for a Royal wedding!

  5. Maidenhead – What an absolute dump

    Maidenhead – What an absolute dump

  6. Bracknell, If Berkshire needed an enema this is where they’d stick the tube

    Bracknell, If Berkshire needed an enema this is where they’d stick the tube

  7. Maidenhead is really the poor relative of Slough

    Maidenhead is really the poor relative of Slough

  8. Sandhurst, there is nothing to do… really, nothing.

    Sandhurst, there is nothing to do… really, nothing.

  9. Bracknell is a dump… need i say more?

    Bracknell is a dump… need i say more?