Moving to Swanage, Dorset? What you need to know

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Moving to Swanage, Dorset - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Swanage in Dorset? 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 Swanage 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 Swanage the land of milk and honey or are Bournemouth, Poole and Wareham a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Swanage

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 Swanage. 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
Ulwell 23
New Swanage 23
Herston 8
Durlston Head 4
New Buildings 1
Langton Matravers 1
Acton 1
Bushey 1
Isle of Purbeck 0
Little Woolgarston 0

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

Ward Average rank in England
Westbourne & West Cliff (Best) 15008/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 15387/32845
Poole Town 17056/32845
Hamworthy 19605/32845
Penn Hill 20720/32845
Parkstone 22211/32845
Canford Cliffs 22528/32845
Oakdale 23101/32845
South East Purbeck 24603/32845
Swanage (Worst) 24998/32845
Reader Opinion:

I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

Your Health in Swanage

If you are thinking of moving to Swanage, 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 Swanage 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
Isle of Wight 1.47% 5.01% 16.18% 36.53% 40.81%
New Forest 1.08% 3.81% 14.09% 35.87% 45.15%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Hamworthy (Best) 13435/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 14220/32845
Swanage 15461/32845
Poole Town 15706/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 17485/32845
Oakdale 19618/32845
South East Purbeck 22376/32845
Penn Hill 22395/32845
Parkstone 23682/32845
Canford Cliffs (Worst) 26051/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Deprivation in Swanage

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 Swanage. 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
Hamworthy (Best) 13690/32845
Westbourne & West Cliff 14943/32845
South East Purbeck 17181/32845
Poole Town 18082/32845
Talbot & Branksome Woods 19239/32845
Swanage 20240/32845
Oakdale 20962/32845
Penn Hill 24732/32845
Parkstone 25572/32845
Canford Cliffs (Worst) 27470/32845

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  1. I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

    I had the misfortune of visiting Boscombe

  2. Sherborne, a hideously deranged town that looks great from afar

    Sherborne, a hideously deranged town that looks great from afar

  3. Poole “it’s a beautiful place”, yeah right!!!!!!

    Poole “it’s a beautiful place”, yeah right!!!!!!

  4. Bournemouth, quite possibly the biggest lie ever conceived.

    Bournemouth, quite possibly the biggest lie ever conceived.

  5. Weymouth: Every day is like Sunday

    Weymouth: Every day is like Sunday

  6. Boscombe & Southbourne in Bournemouth, my advice is stay away!

    Boscombe & Southbourne in Bournemouth, my advice is stay away!

  7. Sherborne is a quiet peaceful town, but underneath it is a festering wound

    Sherborne is a quiet peaceful town, but underneath it is a festering wound

  8. Shaftesbury – it’s great if you’re old and rich

    Shaftesbury – it’s great if you’re old and rich

  9. Isle of Portland – Where hope goes to die

    Isle of Portland – Where hope goes to die