Moving to Smethwick, West Midlands? What you need to know

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Moving to Smethwick, West Midlands - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Smethwick in West Midlands? 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 Smethwick 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 Smethwick the land of milk and honey or are Blackheath, Oldbury and West Bromwich a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Smethwick

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 Smethwick. 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
Rotton Park 235
Sandwell 156
Handsworth 152
Londonderry 128
Warley Woods 116
Langley 113
Mayer’s Green 110
Grand Union Canal 108
Bearwood 106
Tat Bank 93

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

Ward Average rank in England
Soho and Victoria (Best) 11885/32845
Abbey 14729/32845
Bristnall 14813/32845
Oldbury 14911/32845
St Pauls 15057/32845
Smethwick 15486/32845
Handsworth 5527/32845
Holyhead 7548/32845
North Edgbaston 7956/32845
West Bromwich Central (Worst) 8309/32845
Reader Opinion:

Winson Green, Birmingham: it was a BIG mistake moving there, it's a major hole!

Your Health in Smethwick

If you are thinking of moving to Smethwick, 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 Smethwick 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
Birmingham 1.65% 5.04% 13.87% 33.91% 45.53%
Sandwell (Smethwick) 1.8% 5.9% 15.61% 34.76% 41.93%
Walsall 1.68% 5.56% 15.47% 35.14% 42.15%
Dudley 1.42% 5.09% 15.28% 35.76% 42.45%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Abbey (Best) 11665/32845
Soho and Victoria 5936/32845
Oldbury 6620/32845
Smethwick 6848/32845
St Pauls 6975/32845
Bristnall 7156/32845
West Bromwich Central 7171/32845
Handsworth 7726/32845
North Edgbaston 8553/32845
Holyhead (Worst) 8993/32845
Reader Opinion:

Birmingham aka prozzie central

Deprivation in Smethwick

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 Smethwick. 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
Abbey (Best) 12977/32845
Handsworth 2927/32845
Holyhead 3650/32845
Soho and Victoria 3870/32845
St Pauls 5189/32845
Smethwick 5317/32845
West Bromwich Central 5619/32845
North Edgbaston 6167/32845
Oldbury 6899/32845
Bristnall (Worst) 7658/32845

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  1. Birmingham aka prozzie central

    Birmingham aka prozzie central

  2. Winson Green, Birmingham: it was a BIG mistake moving there, it’s a major hole!

    Winson Green, Birmingham: it was a BIG mistake moving there, it’s a major hole!