Berkshire is blessed with beautiful countrysides and forests but how healthy or unhealthy is the area that you live in?

Thanks to an interactive map, put together by experts at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), we can now compare areas across Berkshire  on a number of factors.

Data on pollution levels, health services, and the number of green spaces, pubs and gambling shops were all compilied to create the findings.

The end result is an interactive map, exposing the unhealthiest places in the county (all ranked below).

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How does the map work?

The map tracks a CDRC's health index - also known as Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards (AHAH).

It takes into consideration:

Retail environment (access to fast food outlets, pubs, off-licences, tobacconists, gambling outlets)

Health services (access to GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, leisure services)

Physical environment (Blue Space, Green Space - Active, Green Space - Passive)

Air quality (Nitrogen Dioxide, Particulate Matter 10, Sulphur Dioxide).

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Each of these factors is tracked and provides an overall AHAH score for that area.

The lower the school the healthier the area is, it appears blue on the map.

The higher scores are represented with red and indicates the town is less healthy than its blue counterparts.

Areas are also ranked one to 10 - healthiest areas are given a rank of one while the unhealthiest regions are classed as a 10.

If you want to check out your area in more detail you can view the whole map by clicking here.

Below is the ranking of the five unhealthiest areas in Berkshire, followed by the scores of the other major areas, including the healthiest:

Salt Hill, Slough

Salt Hill in Slough 'achieves' the highest score in Berkshire, coming in with a majority high score of 10 out of 10, the highest and worst rating possible.

A large section of Slough, heading towards Upton, ranks extremely highly in pollution and other factors, and is painted red on the map.

Slough Observer:

Slough has an overall AHAH score of 33.9, the highest on this list.


Langley also ranks highly in pollution and other factors, giving it all a score of 9 out of 10 by the CDRC.

Slough Observer:

A number of areas in Slough are ranked 9 or 10 on the healthiness index. Including Britwell, Chalvey and the town centre.

Boyn Hill - 29.8 

Catford has a high concentration of red indicators (the worst performing decile) and other slightly healthier areas coming in at around 8/9 out of 10. 

Slough Observer: Boyn Hill, MaidenheadBoyn Hill, Maidenhead

This area in Maidenhead has a high concentration of red indicators (the worst performing decile) and other slightly healthier areas coming in at around 8/9 out of 10. 

This means the area is extremely unhealthy, with a majority high score of 9 out of 10, and is one of the worst areas in Berkshire.

Reading Town Centre - 33.2

Slough Observer:

The areas surrounding the town centre aren't particularly high, but the centre, a popular tourist destination makes it rank extremely high on the unhealthy scale.

The centre is so high it scores the area a majority rating of 10 out of 10.

The area has an overall AHAH score of 33.2.

Newtown, Reading

The second highest area for pollution levels and poor health services is Newtown in east Reading.

The area came 9th overall with a AHAH score of 31.0.

6. Burnham - 9, 32.3

7. Maidenhead Highway - 8, 27.1

8. Harmans Water, Bracknell - 5. 17.1

9. Wokingham - 2, 13.6

10. Earley- 1, 12.4