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Neighbourhood Income and Safety Score Map - West Midlands


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City of Birmingham

Birmingham is the second-most populous city in the UK with the youngest population among UK cities. Birmingham New Street is 1.5 hrs from London Euston, and the journey will be significantly shortened after HS2 into effect.
City of Birmingham

City of Coventry

Home to Coventry University and University Of Warwick, Coventry is a diverse city with a safety record at England average level. Most people work within the city, but Coventry is also only one hour away from London Euston.
City of Coventry

City of Wolverhampton

With significantly lower than the UK average employment rate, Wolverhampton is set to benefit from the ‘devolution deal’ to boost its economy. Hot areas include Wolverhampton interchange, Wolverhampton Westside and the Canal Side Quarter.
City of Wolverhampton

Dudley

10 miles from Birmingham city centre, Dudley has a better than England average safety record with affordable housing cost. It is popular among first-time buyers and Birmingham commuters that seek a quieter lifestyle.
Dudley

Sandwell

8 miles away from Birmingham city centre, Sandwell is an affordable area with an average sold price of £178,050 for semi-detached properties last year. But its employment and income levels are both on the low end of West Midlands and UK.
Sandwell

Solihull

9 miles east of Birmingham, Solihull is one of the most prosperous towns in Midlands. Three-quarters of it is Green Belt. it also has excellent primary and secondary schools and great connection to both Birmingham and London Marylebone.
Solihull

Walsall

8 miles north-west of Birmingham, Walsall is popular among commuters. Its lower than average employment rate is compensated by its attractive housing and living costs. Check Aldridge and Pool Green if you move there.
Walsall


How those maps were created

  • Colour coding based on total score = safety score * 0.5 + income score * 0.5

  • Score is exponentially transformed between 0 - 100 based on ranking among all England neighbourhoods. 100 means the best performing neighbourhood in England.

  • Data Granularity: LSOA level

Raw Data Sources:

For example, Safety Score was developed following the steps below:

  1. Map all reported crime case between Dec'17 - Nov'18 into LSOA based on their lat/lng;

  2. Categorise crime in each LSOA into Violent Crime, Criminal Damage, Property Damage, Other Crime four subdomains and obtain count under each subdomain;

  3. Calculate count/population for each subdomain for each LSOA;Rank each LSOA in each subdomain;

  4. Obtain normal distributed transformed score for each LSOA at subdomain level;

  5. Summing up all subdomain scores for each LSOA;Rank LSOAs based on the summed up scores;

  6. Exponentially transformed crime scores based on ranking

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