Moving to Rochester, Kent? What you need to know

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Moving to Rochester, Kent - What you need to know

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

Crime in Rochester

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 Rochester. 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
Brompton 498
Gillingham 413
Frindsbury 195
Grange 190
Chatham 115
Wayfield 107
Borstal 71
Chattenden 25
Lower Upnor 15
Higham 11

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

Ward Average rank in England
Strood North (Best) 12046/32845
Rochester South and Horsted 12266/32845
Strood Rural 14361/32845
Chatham Central 2313/32845
Gillingham North 3097/32845
Luton and Wayfield 3300/32845
Rochester West 5062/32845
Rochester East 5339/32845
River 7986/32845
Strood South (Worst) 8500/32845
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Your Health in Rochester

If you are thinking of moving to Rochester, 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 Rochester 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 (Rochester) 1.09% 3.94% 13% 36.25% 45.72%
Gravesham 1.1% 4.03% 13.4% 34.97% 46.5%
Tonbridge and Malling 0.86% 3.09% 11.81% 34.33% 49.92%
Dartford 1.03% 3.4% 12.16% 34.86% 48.55%

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

Ward Average rank in England
River (Best) 11043/32845
Strood South 13571/32845
Rochester East 13775/32845
Strood North 16679/32845
Rochester West 18250/32845
Strood Rural 19044/32845
Rochester South and Horsted 19230/32845
Chatham Central 8025/32845
Luton and Wayfield 8421/32845
Gillingham North (Worst) 9879/32845
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Deprivation in Rochester

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 Rochester. 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
River (Best) 10527/32845
Rochester East 10889/32845
Rochester West 15081/32845
Strood North 15505/32845
Strood Rural 19603/32845
Rochester South and Horsted 19775/32845
Chatham Central 4752/32845
Luton and Wayfield 5326/32845
Gillingham North 5730/32845
Strood South (Worst) 9583/32845

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