Gloucester Vs Cheltenham

Written by regionadmin

3rd February 2021

Gloucester vs Cheltenham

Gloucester Vs Cheltenham

Gloucester or Cheltenham, we have seen this debate rage on for years, never finding a satisfactory conclusion, both are similarly sized towns in the Gloucestershire region. Both hold their own events and have their own culture, but which one is truly the right one for you to spend your time and money in?

Well, we have decided to compare the two directly on 3 bases; the living costs, things to do and the general crime rate of the area. This is due to these being the 3 core tenets that seem to work themselves into the conversations of anyone when it comes to moving into unfamiliar territory, let’s have a look, shall we?

Gloucester Living Costs

Going by the data on here are the living costs for Gloucester:

  • Four-person family monthly costs: £2,245.30 without rent
  • A single person monthly costs: £659.41 without rent

Cheltenham Living Costs

While the living costs for Cheltenham:

  • Four-person family monthly costs: £2,472.70 without rent
  • A single person monthly costs: £708.42 without rent

Who Has The Better Living Cost?

As you can see, Cheltenham is slightly dearer when it comes to basic costs, this isn’t taking into consideration things like rent prices, however, just basic purchasing needs. As far as rent is concerned, it is reported that Cheltenham has, on average, 50.48% higher renting costs than Gloucester. This means that not only are basic living costs slightly higher, but rent is considerably more expensive in Cheltenham.

Things To Do In Gloucester 

From looking at, the top 3 attractions in Gloucester are:

  • Gloucester Cathedral
  • Jet Age Museum
  • Solders of Gloucestershire museum

Things To Do In Cheltenham

While the top 3 attractions for Cheltenham are:

  • Walks with Hawks
  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
  • Pittville Park

Who Has Better Attractions?

So, taking a closer look at these attractions, a trend starts to emerge, whilst Gloucester seems to have its roots planted firmly in its rich history and the attraction there. Cheltenham is more appealing to those of a more outdoorsy nature, with the walks with hawks event being something few towns can offer.

It is really dependent on what type of activities you enjoy, if you are more of a history buff and love delving into the rich, deep historical stories of a place, you will find yourself right at home in Gloucester. If you prefer a more in the moment, experience over item type of entertainment, it would appear that Cheltenham has you covered.

Gloucester Crime

Finally, the last thing we will be compared is the crime in the two areas. Let’s start with Gloucester. Back in 2021, Gloucester had a crime rate of 87 per 1000 people. And Gloucester is considered to be the most dangerous major town within Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham Crime Rate

Next, let’s take a look at Cheltenham’s crime rate. In 2021, Cheltenham had a crime rate of 73 per 1000 people, and it is currently considered one of the safer towns within Gloucestershire.

Which City Is Safer?

When we are directly comparing the two cities shows Cheltenham takes a stark lead when it comes to being a safer city, whilst all forms of crime are rated between moderate and low within Cheltenham, the same in Gloucester is rated between moderate and high, with only 1 category being considered low, which was corruption and bribery. The way this data is collected is by discussing these issues with residents of the local area and getting their opinions of what the primary issues are surrounding crime within the city.

As you can see, whilst it certainly isn’t the worst situation, it is something to keep in mind if you are ever planning on moving to Gloucester.


In conclusion, there is no definitive right or wrong when it comes to picking from these two towns, generally, however, if you are on a slightly tighter budget, Gloucester is the place to go, but with a bit more to spend than it becomes an open game as both features there own attractions.

To stay updated with all the latest South West news, head over to our news page where you will find articles about how safe Gloucester really is and what crime in the South West is really like.

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