Moving to Sidmouth, Devon? What you need to know

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Moving to Sidmouth, Devon - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Sidmouth in Devon? 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 Sidmouth 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 Sidmouth the land of milk and honey or are Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary and Seaton a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Sidmouth

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 Sidmouth. 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
Sidford 14
Sid 8
Stowford 8
Sidbury 6
Sidmouth 6
Salcombe Regis 5
Bulverton 3
Northmostown 1
Bridge End 1
Bowd 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Beer & Branscombe (Best) 26102/32845
Sidmouth Rural 26597/32845
Ottery St Mary 27724/32845
Sidmouth Sidford 28013/32845
Sidmouth Town 28318/32845
Coly Valley 29639/32845
Whimple & Rockbeare 30042/32845
Budleigh & Raleigh 30871/32845
West Hill & Aylesbeare 31364/32845
Newton Poppleford & Harpford (Worst) 31563/32845
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Your Health in Sidmouth

If you are thinking of moving to Sidmouth, 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 Sidmouth 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
Teignbridge 1.25% 4.24% 14.68% 34.89% 44.94%
East Devon (Sidmouth) 1.13% 3.99% 15.07% 36.02% 43.79%
Exeter 1.1% 3.68% 11.95% 33.37% 49.91%
Mid Devon 0.96% 3.58% 13.37% 35.44% 46.64%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Beer & Branscombe (Best) 20615/32845
Sidmouth Sidford 23476/32845
Budleigh & Raleigh 25203/32845
Coly Valley 26564/32845
Sidmouth Town 27453/32845
Ottery St Mary 28535/32845
Sidmouth Rural 28720/32845
Whimple & Rockbeare 29102/32845
West Hill & Aylesbeare 29882/32845
Newton Poppleford & Harpford (Worst) 30943/32845
Reader Opinion:

Sidmouth, it is paradise... for the retired or elderly

Deprivation in Sidmouth

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 Sidmouth. 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
Coly Valley (Best) 20558/32845
Beer & Branscombe 22264/32845
Whimple & Rockbeare 22736/32845
Sidmouth Sidford 23859/32845
Budleigh & Raleigh 24413/32845
West Hill & Aylesbeare 25480/32845
Ottery St Mary 25501/32845
Sidmouth Rural 26767/32845
Newton Poppleford & Harpford 27685/32845
Sidmouth Town (Worst) 28373/32845

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  1. Sidmouth, it is paradise… for the retired or elderly

    Sidmouth, it is paradise… for the retired or elderly