Moving to West Malling, Kent? What you need to know

Moving to West Malling, Kent - What you need to know
Moving to West Malling, Kent - What you need to know

So you're asking yourself the question 'is West Malling 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 West Malling 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 West Malling truly a nice place to live, or are Crayford, Maidstone and Snodland a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in West Malling

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 West Malling. 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
New Hythe 42
Larkfield 38
Ham Hill 28
Mill Street 27
Holt Hill 24
Aylesford 20
St Leonard’s Street 14
Ryarsh 10
Royal British Legion Village 6
Birling 5

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

Ward Average rank in England
Kings Hill (Best) 27828/32845
Wateringbury 23476/32845
Barming and Teston 23400/32845
Ditton 22109/32845
Larkfield North 20616/32845
Larkfield South 15932/32845
West Malling and Leybourne 14870/32845
Downs and Mereworth 11369/32845
Snodland East and Ham Hill 11072/32845
East Malling (Worst) 7257/32845
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Your Health in West Malling

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

Town Very Bad Bad
Medway 1.09% 3.94%
Gravesham 1.1% 4.03%
Tonbridge and Malling (West Malling) 0.86% 3.09%
Dartford 1.03% 3.4%

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

Ward Average rank in England
Wateringbury (Best) 30270/32845
Kings Hill 29858/32845
Downs and Mereworth 28843/32845
Barming and Teston 28828/32845
West Malling and Leybourne 27750/32845
Larkfield North 27705/32845
Ditton 25094/32845
Larkfield South 24086/32845
East Malling 19180/32845
Snodland East and Ham Hill (Worst) 17413/32845
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Deprivation in West Malling

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 West Malling. 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
Barming and Teston (Best) 30246/32845
Wateringbury 30245/32845
Kings Hill 27983/32845
Larkfield North 24260/32845
West Malling and Leybourne 23061/32845
Larkfield South 22616/32845
Ditton 22342/32845
Downs and Mereworth 17743/32845
Snodland East and Ham Hill 13273/32845
East Malling (Worst) 11256/32845

Average rent in West Malling

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

Weekly Gross Pay and Hourly Pay in West Malling

If you are thinking of moving to West Malling, 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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