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Safest areas to live in the UK found by research from Homedit

Em Morley - September 15, 2021

The safest areas to live in the UK have been ranked by design blog Homedit, taking into account six criteria.

This includes crime rates per 1,000 residents, high flood risk, low flood risk, number of buildings covered by fire stations, number of buildings covered by hospitals, and street-light expenditure.

Manchester came top of this ranking as the safest place to live, with a safety score of 85 out of a possible 100. Manchester’s best criteria is its number of buildings within 2km of a fire station, receiving a score of 96.9%. However, Manchester’s lowest score is for its risk of low flooding to buildings, achieving a score of 52.0% in this category.

The safest areas in the UK

 UK district Best criteria and score Safety score (/100) 
#1 Manchester Buildings within 2km of a fire station – 96.9% 85 
#2 East Riding of Yorkshire Buildings within 2km of a hospital – 97.2% 80 
#3 Stockport Crime rate per 1,000 people – 99.4% 79 
#4 Trafford Crime rate per 1,000 people – 97.7% 77 
#5 Barnet London Borough Buildings within 2km of a hospital & street-light expenditure – 94.5% 75 
#6 Cornwall Buildings within 2km of a fire station – 99.3% 75 
#7 Wigan Crime rate per 1,000 people – 99.0% 74 
#8 Birmingham Buildings within 2km of a fire station & hospital & street-light expenditure – 100% 73 
#9 Coventry Street-light expenditure – 99.3% 73 
=#10 City of Bristol Buildings within 2km of a hospital – 98.2% 72 
=#10 Bury Crime rate per 1,000 people – 92.9% 72 
=#10 Croydon London Borough High flood risk to buildings – 94.6% 72 

The least safe place to list, according to the research, is Harlow, with a safety score of 17 out of 100. Homedit points out that most of the low-ranking districts received a very low score for their street-light expenditure, meaning streets could be darker and less safe at night.

The least safe areas in the UK 

 UK district Worst criteria and score Safety score (/100) 
#1 Harlow Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 17 
#2 Wyre Forest Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 19 
=#3 Pendle Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 21 
=#3 Hyndburn Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 21 
=#5 Gravesham Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 26 
=#5 North West Leicestershire Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 26 
=#5 Brentwood Buildings within 2km of a hospital – 1.3% 26 
=#8 Cambridge Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 27 
=#8 Worcester Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 27 
=#10 Hertsmere Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 28 
=#10 North East Derbyshire Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 28 
=#10 Spelthorne Street-light expenditure – 0.0% 28 

Best and worst areas for crime 

Homedit also researched which UK areas were the best and worst for crime rates. The cities with the lowest crime rates, and therefore the highest safety score for crime, are:

 UK Districts Crime rate per population of 1,000 
#1 Scottish Borders 100% 
#2 Dumfries and Galloway 99.7% 
#3 Stockport 99.4% 
#4 Wigan 99.0% 
#5 Wokingham 98.7% 
#6 Broadland 98.3% 
#7 Vale of White Horse 98.0% 
#8 Trafford 97.7% 
#9 Rutland 97.3% 
#10 Torridge 97.0% 

The cities with the highest crime rates, and therefore the lowest safety score for crime, are:

 UK Districts Crime rate per population of 1000 (/100) 
#1 City and County of the City of London 0.0% 
#2 Middlesbrough 0.4% 
#3 Blackpool 0.7% 
#4 Burnley 1.1% 
#5 Hartlepool 1.4% 
#6 Preston 1.8% 
#7 Hyndburn 2.1% 
#8 Bradford 2.4% 
#9 City of Westminster London Boro 2.8% 
#10 Lincoln 3.1%