Moving to Swaffham, Norfolk? What you need to know

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Moving to Swaffham, Norfolk - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Swaffham in Norfolk? 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 Swaffham 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 Swaffham the land of milk and honey or are Dereham, Downham Market and Watton a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Swaffham

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 Swaffham. 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
Sporle 3
Great Fransham 3
Ashill 2
Little Dunham 2
Necton 2
Ivy Todd 2
North Pickenham 1
Cockley Cley 0
Great Dunham 0
Great Cressingham 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Swaffham (Best) 19456/32845
Bedingfeld 24188/32845
Watton 25281/32845
Ashill 26542/32845
Launditch 26666/32845
Nar Valley 26713/32845
Lincoln 27816/32845
Wissey 28680/32845
Necton 29204/32845
Airfield (Worst) 31393/32845
Reader Opinion:

Downham Market: from ex-cons in the flats by the train tracks to the Retreat Estate

Your Health in Swaffham

If you are thinking of moving to Swaffham, 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 Swaffham 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
King`s Lynn and West Norfolk 1.31% 4.8% 15.9% 37.08% 40.91%
Breckland (Swaffham) 1.18% 4.31% 14.99% 37.29% 42.22%
East Cambridgeshire 0.85% 3.12% 12.09% 35.18% 48.77%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Swaffham (Best) 10035/32845
Necton 13205/32845
Airfield 14414/32845
Ashill 14469/32845
Watton 15910/32845
Nar Valley 16215/32845
Launditch 16462/32845
Bedingfeld 17496/32845
Wissey 17594/32845
Lincoln (Worst) 20361/32845
Reader Opinion:

Dereham - More like Drearam. Stay away if you're not a local

Deprivation in Swaffham

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 Swaffham. 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
Nar Valley (Best) 12115/32845
Swaffham 12162/32845
Launditch 12546/32845
Wissey 14029/32845
Ashill 14130/32845
Necton 14238/32845
Bedingfeld 14693/32845
Watton 16173/32845
Airfield 17161/32845
Lincoln (Worst) 17455/32845

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  1. Downham Market: from ex-cons in the flats by the train tracks to the Retreat Estate

    Downham Market: from ex-cons in the flats by the train tracks to the Retreat Estate

  2. Swaffham, kinda near the legendary King’s Lynn

    Swaffham, kinda near the legendary King’s Lynn

  3. Dereham – More like Drearam. Stay away if you’re not a local

    Dereham – More like Drearam. Stay away if you’re not a local

  4. Hunstanton – don’t waste your time

    Hunstanton – don’t waste your time

  5. Watton – Most Boring Town Ever

    Watton – Most Boring Town Ever

  6. Great Yarmouth – A museum of bleakness and decay

    Great Yarmouth – A museum of bleakness and decay

  7. Thetford is very, very scary

    Thetford is very, very scary

  8. Gayton, Norfolk

    Gayton, Norfolk

  9. Pretty Far from ‘Great’ Yarmouth

    Pretty Far from ‘Great’ Yarmouth