Moving to Southwold, Suffolk? What you need to know

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Moving to Southwold, Suffolk - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Southwold in Suffolk? 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 Southwold 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 Southwold the land of milk and honey or are Dunwich, Halesworth and Leiston a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Southwold

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 Southwold. 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
Southwold 3
Reydon Smear 2
Reydon 2
Barnaby Green 1
Frostenden Corner 0
Frostenden 0
Blythburgh 0
Cuckold’s Green 0
South Cove 0
Wangford 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Kirkley & Pakefield (Best) 11843/32845
Kessingland 17443/32845
Carlton & Whitton 17932/32845
Oulton Broad 20060/32845
Beccles & Worlingham 21125/32845
Carlton Colville 22432/32845
Wrentham, Wangford & Westleton 22440/32845
Southwold 25128/32845
Halesworth & Blything 26004/32845
Harbour & Normanston (Worst) 5079/32845

Your Health in Southwold

If you are thinking of moving to Southwold, 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 Southwold 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
Norwich 1.24% 4.42% 14.05% 35.42% 44.87%
Great Yarmouth 1.63% 5.48% 16.58% 36.01% 40.3%
South Norfolk 1.02% 3.46% 13.37% 35.8% 46.35%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Carlton & Whitton (Best) 11659/32845
Oulton Broad 12652/32845
Beccles & Worlingham 17223/32845
Carlton Colville 18302/32845
Southwold 19841/32845
Halesworth & Blything 20643/32845
Wrentham, Wangford & Westleton 23589/32845
Harbour & Normanston 6193/32845
Kirkley & Pakefield 8917/32845
Kessingland (Worst) 9998/32845

Deprivation in Southwold

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 Southwold. 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
Kessingland (Best) 10738/32845
Carlton & Whitton 13167/32845
Wrentham, Wangford & Westleton 13694/32845
Halesworth & Blything 14408/32845
Oulton Broad 16876/32845
Beccles & Worlingham 17864/32845
Carlton Colville 18506/32845
Southwold 18528/32845
Harbour & Normanston 3933/32845
Kirkley & Pakefield (Worst) 8926/32845

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    Bury St Edmunds, situated between two of the worst towns in Suffolk

  2. Lowestoft: the land of gormless men & severely pale and overweight single mothers

    Lowestoft: the land of gormless men & severely pale and overweight single mothers

  3. Bury St Edmunds a lovely town. Whooa! Let’s stop right there shall we!

    Bury St Edmunds a lovely town. Whooa! Let’s stop right there shall we!

  4. Haverhill, you would think it would be a nicer town

    Haverhill, you would think it would be a nicer town

  5. Lowestoft, why did the Germans fail to level it?

    Lowestoft, why did the Germans fail to level it?

  6. Felixstowe in a nutshell after a 2 week break

    Felixstowe in a nutshell after a 2 week break

  7. Lowestoft, the boil on the **** of Britain

    Lowestoft, the boil on the **** of Britain

  8. Ipswich has pathetic gangs the FRONT LINE WARRIORS & YE$ YE$ BRUV CREW

    Ipswich has pathetic gangs the FRONT LINE WARRIORS & YE$ YE$ BRUV CREW

  9. Brandon – a few miles from an even worse Thetford

    Brandon – a few miles from an even worse Thetford