Moving to Shaftesbury, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Shaftesbury, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Shaftesbury 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 Shaftesbury 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 Shaftesbury the land of milk and honey or are Gillingham, Mere and Tisbury a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Shaftesbury

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 Shaftesbury. 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
Ivy Cross 29
Alcester 20
Shaftesbury 12
St James 12
Enmore Green 7
Bittles Green 4
Cann 1
Cann Common 0
Charlton 0
Donhead St Mary 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wincanton (Best) 16788/32845
Shaftesbury Town 23489/32845
Mere 23524/32845
Tisbury 23729/32845
Beacon 24111/32845
Blandford 24565/32845
Gillingham 28754/32845
Sturminster Newton 28783/32845
Blackmore Vale 29024/32845
Stalbridge & Marnhull (Worst) 31886/32845
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Your Health in Shaftesbury

If you are thinking of moving to Shaftesbury, 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 Shaftesbury 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%
South Somerset 1.03% 3.79% 13.82% 35.91% 45.45%
Mendip 1.01% 3.79% 13.38% 35.02% 46.81%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wincanton (Best) 19905/32845
Blandford 21908/32845
Stalbridge & Marnhull 22656/32845
Shaftesbury Town 22852/32845
Beacon 23040/32845
Gillingham 24358/32845
Blackmore Vale 24714/32845
Mere 25135/32845
Sturminster Newton 25319/32845
Tisbury (Worst) 29054/32845
Reader Opinion:

Gillingham: a quaint little sh*tehouse situated on the river Medway

Deprivation in Shaftesbury

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 Shaftesbury. 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
Beacon (Best) 15258/32845
Tisbury 17509/32845
Blackmore Vale 17785/32845
Wincanton 18005/32845
Mere 18355/32845
Stalbridge & Marnhull 18841/32845
Shaftesbury Town 18930/32845
Blandford 20146/32845
Sturminster Newton 20230/32845
Gillingham (Worst) 23121/32845

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