Moving to Watford, Hertfordshire? What you need to know

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Moving to Watford, Hertfordshire - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Watford in Hertfordshire? 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 Watford 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 Watford the land of milk and honey or are Bushey, Elstree and Rickmansworth a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Watford

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of August 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Watford. 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
Watford 143
North Watford 92
Garston 83
Holywell 52
Watford Heath 45
Bushey 38
Aldenham 16
Patchetts Green 15
Fulwell 15
Round Bush 4

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

Ward Average rank in England
Bushey North (Best) 13021/32845
Vicarage 13124/32845
Callowland 14428/32845
Holywell 14587/32845
Bushey St James 15169/32845
Park 16655/32845
Tudor 16871/32845
Nascot 17104/32845
Oxhey 17738/32845
Central (Worst) 6620/32845
Reader Opinion:

Watford - Every day is the day of the living dead

Your Health in Watford

If you are thinking of moving to Watford, 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 Watford 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
Hillingdon 1.01% 3.43% 11.5% 35.28% 48.78%
Harrow 1.1% 3.47% 11.85% 36% 47.58%
Watford (Watford) 0.89% 3.25% 10.98% 34.83% 50.05%
Three Rivers 0.84% 3.06% 11.19% 34.21% 50.7%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Holywell (Best) 13362/32845
Central 14808/32845
Vicarage 20721/32845
Callowland 21383/32845
Nascot 22804/32845
Tudor 22812/32845
Park 23114/32845
Bushey North 23656/32845
Bushey St James 24403/32845
Oxhey (Worst) 25202/32845
Reader Opinion:

South Oxhey, Watford

Deprivation in Watford

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 Watford. 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
Central (Best) 11801/32845
Holywell 12776/32845
Callowland 17380/32845
Vicarage 17879/32845
Bushey North 21275/32845
Park 22043/32845
Bushey St James 22737/32845
Oxhey 23074/32845
Tudor 23158/32845
Nascot (Worst) 24195/32845

Top 10 worst places to live in England 2020






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