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Best places to buy a home in England with low crime rates

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Research from leading For Sale by Owner empowerment platform, OkayLah.co.uk, has looked at where offers the best buy for those looking for the perfect balance of affordability and low crime rates.

OkayLah.co.uk looked at the total crime per capita (crime committed per 100 people) across each council region of the nation, comparing this to the average house price and scoring each area with an index score based on the mix of the two.

England

The research shows that North Kesteven is the best buy with an average house price of £208,230 and just five crimes committed for everyone 100 people living there scoring 1041.

Broadland, Eden, Staffordshire and Bolsover also ranked highly for property affordability and low crime rates.

Copeland, Hillingdon, Richmondshire, North East Derbyshire and Forest of Dean also make the top 10 with Hillingdon the only London area to do so.

Despite a fairly low level of crime, the City of London’s vastly smaller population and average house price of £1.1m, means it scores as the worst place to buy in England. In fact, the top four worst are all located in the capital, with Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Camden all scoring poorly.

Unfortunately for Cambridge an average house price of £535,571 and a crime rate of 13 crimes for every 100 people means the area ranked as the worst place to buy in England outside of London, with a score of 6962.

South Bucks, Watford, Hammersmith and Fulham, Elmbridge and Epping Forest also rank poorly to complete the top 10 worst.

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London

As already mentioned, with just three crimes committed for every 100 people and a fairly reasonable average house price of £441,563 (by London standards anyway), Hillingdon is the capital’s best buy for a mix of affordable housing and low crime rates.

Harrow, Barking and Dagenham, Bexley and Havering also rank highly, with Sutton, Hounslow, Croydon, Lewisham and Ealing also making the top 10.

In addition to the City of London, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Hammersmith and Fulham, who all place as the worst in England, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Haringey and Hackney complete the top 10 worst in London.

Founder and CEO of OkayLah.co.uk, Paul Telford said, “While price is always one of the initial criteria when deciding where to buy, the safety of an area is right up there in the decision-making process, particularly for those either starting or already with a young family.

“Unfortunately, affordability and low crime levels rarely go hand in hand, but as always, by doing your research you can find a compromise that will provide a certain degree of both.

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“We recommend looking at crime statistics, reading back through local news, visiting an area at different times of day and even talking to the neighbours or other locals, to ascertain a more granular view of where you might like to buy.

“But as with most things, crime is an unfortunate part of our society and the level of crime in an area shouldn’t be the only or deciding factor on buying that dream house.”

Top 10 best place to buy in England
District Council Population Total Crime Crime Per Capita (100 people) Avg House Price Index Score
North Kesteven District Council 107523 5099 5 £208,230 1041
Broadland District Council 125005 5341 4 £271,318 1085
Eden District Council 52486 2870 5 £222,254 1111
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council 97155 5783 6 £185,742 1114
Bolsover District Council 75721 6278 8 £140,513 1124
Copeland Borough Council 70583 5550 8 £142,028 1136
Hillingdon Borough Council 273216 7148 3 £441,563 1155
Richmondshire District Council 51980 2470 5 £232,764 1164
North East Derbyshire District Council 99050 5575 6 £206,259 1238
Forest of Dean District Council 81887 4482 5 £251,841 1259
Top 10 best place to buy in London
District Council Population Total Crime Crime Per Capita (100 people) Avg House Price Index Score
Hillingdon Borough Council 273216 7148 3 £441,563 1155
Harrow Borough Council 238060 6404 3 £501,879 1350
Barking and Dagenham Borough Council 185621 8726 5 £306,386 1440
Bexley Borough Council 231507 9654 4 £362,087 1510
Havering Borough Council 237104 9532 4 £387,104 1556
Sutton Borough Council 190191 7228 4 £423,052 1608
Hounslow Borough Council 253116 8099 3 £528,542 1691
Croydon Borough Council 362520 14992 4 £415,253 1717
Lewisham Borough Council 275883 10905 4 £456,927 1806
Ealing Borough Council 338548 11326 3 £558,028 1867
 

Top 10 worst place to buy in London

District Council Population Total Crime Crime Per Capita (100 people) Avg House Price Index Score
City of London Corporation 7288 3997 55 £1,173,143 64339
Westminster City Council 218318 26718 12 £1,858,676 22747
Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council 158959 10384 7 £2,325,612 15192
Camden Borough Council 220121 15525 7 £1,119,518 7896
Cambridge City Council 123402 15636 13 £535,571 6962
South Bucks District Council 66758 5147 8 £755,923 6047
Watford Borough Council 89682 11392 13 £445,472 5791
Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council 181551 10198 6 £989,128 5556
Elmbridge Borough Council 130560 9150 7 £773,419 5414
Epping Forest District Council 124372 12806 10 £533,322 5333
Top 10 Worst Place to Buy in England Exc London
District Council Population Total Crime Crime Per Capita (100 people) Avg House Price Index Score
Cambridge City Council 123402 15636 13 £535,571 6962
South Bucks District Council 66758 5147 8 £755,923 6047
Watford Borough Council 89682 11392 13 £445,472 5791
Elmbridge Borough Council 130560 9150 7 £773,419 5414
Epping Forest District Council 124372 12806 10 £533,322 5333
Oxford City Council 151303 15775 10 £507,364 5074
Hertsmere Borough Council 99952 9316 9 £562,284 5061
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council 74654 6413 9 £517,935 4661
Brentwood Borough Council 73477 6374 9 £509,790 4588
Dacorum Borough Council 144497 13926 10 £447,184 447

 




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