Moving to Torquay, Devon? What you need to know

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Moving to Torquay, Devon - What you need to know
Moving to Torquay, Devon - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is Torquay 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 Torquay 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 Torquay truly a nice place to live, or are Brixham, Paignton and Teignmouth a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Torquay

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 Torquay. 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
Torquay 185
Babbacombe 143
Combe Pafford 140
Torre 100
St Marychurch 99
Watcombe 72
Shiphay 46
Chelston 27
Livermead 13
Cockington 12

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

Ward Average rank in England
Shaldon & Stokeinteignhead (Best) 25988/32845
Shiphay 21545/32845
Clifton with Maidenway 16463/32845
Cockington with Chelston 15177/32845
Barton with Watcombe 14726/32845
Wellswood 14463/32845
St Marychurch 12061/32845
Roundham with Hyde 9780/32845
Ellacombe 9452/32845
Tormohun (Worst) 4940/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Your Health in Torquay

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Torbay (Torquay) 1.73% 5.82%
Teignbridge 1.25% 4.24%
Exeter 1.1% 3.68%
South Hams 1.11% 3.8%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Shaldon & Stokeinteignhead (Best) 23324/32845
Shiphay 12386/32845
Cockington with Chelston 11990/32845
Barton with Watcombe 11095/32845
Clifton with Maidenway 9196/32845
St Marychurch 8917/32845
Wellswood 8410/32845
Ellacombe 5932/32845
Roundham with Hyde 5486/32845
Tormohun (Worst) 4937/32845
Reader Opinion:

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Deprivation in Torquay

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 Torquay. 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
Shaldon & Stokeinteignhead (Best) 25294/32845
Shiphay 15948/32845
Cockington with Chelston 14783/32845
Wellswood 11269/32845
Barton with Watcombe 10897/32845
Clifton with Maidenway 10417/32845
St Marychurch 10046/32845
Ellacombe 5364/32845
Roundham with Hyde 5293/32845
Tormohun (Worst) 4454/32845

Average rent in Torquay

Every six months the Office for National statitics publishes a snapshot of rental costs. These statistics for Torquay 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 Torquay.

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in Torquay

If you are thinking of moving to Torquay, 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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