Moving to Southampton, Hampshire? What you need to know

Moving to Southampton, Hampshire - What you need to know
Moving to Southampton, Hampshire - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Southampton a nice place to live?'' 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 Southampton 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 Southampton truly a nice place to live, or are Eastleigh, Hedge End and Hythe a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Southampton

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of February 2021 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Southampton. 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.

Policing Area Voilent Crimes
Peartree Green 165
Harefield 145
Sholing 140
Itchen 119
Bitterne Park 110
Townhill Park 108
Sholing Common 105
Bitterne 101
Netley Hill 94
Hatch Bottom 54

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hedge End South (Best) 20392/32845
West End South 10445/32845
Bitterne Park 9034/32845
Sholing 8743/32845
Bursledon & Hound North 7559/32845
Peartree 6303/32845
Harefield 4674/32845
Bitterne 4166/32845
Woolston 3786/32845
Bevois (Worst) 2521/32845
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Your Health in Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to Southampton, 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 Southampton compares to its neighbouring local authorities. People were asked to rate their current health from very bad to very good;

Town Very Bad Bad
Southampton (Southampton) 1.2% 3.89%
Eastleigh 0.87% 3.05%
Fareham 0.9% 3.13%
Gosport 0.99% 3.89%

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

Ward Average rank in England
West End South (Best) 24978/32845
Hedge End South 24470/32845
Bursledon & Hound North 19851/32845
Bitterne Park 14436/32845
Sholing 11235/32845
Harefield 8878/32845
Woolston 7869/32845
Peartree 7473/32845
Bitterne 5888/32845
Bevois (Worst) 5496/32845
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Deprivation in Southampton

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 Southampton. 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
Hedge End South (Best) 25649/32845
West End South 23182/32845
Bursledon & Hound North 19104/32845
Bitterne Park 17436/32845
Sholing 13439/32845
Peartree 11069/32845
Harefield 10185/32845
Bevois 8435/32845
Woolston 8372/32845
Bitterne (Worst) 5537/32845

Average rent in Southampton

Every six months the Office for National statitics publishes a snapshot of rental costs. These statistics for Southampton are dated September 2021. They are split into three figures, the lower quartile, mean and upper quartile. If you recieve housing benefit or the housing benefit section of Universal Credit, the lower quartile is at the top limit of what would be affordable. The mean is the average you'd expect to pay for a rental property and the upper quartile is the average rental cost of the most expensive 25% of properties in Southampton.

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to Southampton, you'll want to know how much you can earn in a job in the town. The government publish regular statistics on gross weekly pay and pay per hour.


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