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Basingstoke (/ˈbeɪzᵻŋstoʊk/ BAY-zing-stohk) is the largest town in Hampshire (though there are several larger cities). It is situated in south central England, and lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. It is located 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Southampton, 48 miles (77 km) southwest of London, and 19 miles (31 km) northeast of the county town and former capital Winchester. According to the 2011 census the town (including its outer suburbs) had a population of 107,355. It is part of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane and part of the parliamentary constituency of Basingstoke. Basingstoke is often nicknamed "Doughnut City" or "Roundabout City" because of the number of large roundabouts. Basingstoke is an old market town expanded in the mid 1960s as a result of an agreement between London County Council and Hampshire County Council. It was developed rapidly after World War II, along with various other towns in the United Kingdom, in order to accommodate part of the London 'overspill' as perceived under the Greater London Plan in 1944. Basingstoke market was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and it remained a small market town until the early 1960s. At the start of World War II the population was little more than 13,000. It still has a regular market, but is now larger than Hampshire County Council's definition of a market town. Basingstoke has become an important economic centre during the second half of the 20th century, and houses the locations of the UK headquarters of De La Rue, Sun Life Financial, The Automobile Association, ST Ericsson, GAME, Motorola, Barracuda Networks, Eli Lilly and Company, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, the leasing arm of BNP Paribas in the UK, and Sony Professional Solutions. It is also the location of the European headquarters of the TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company. Other industries include publishing (Palgrave Macmillan, etc.), IT, telecommunications, insurance and electronics.


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Facts and Stats for Basingstoke*

  • Basingstoke: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Basingstoke for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Basingstoke.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.14 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20.83 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 29.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 39.29 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.57 (Low)
    • Drug offense 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 89.29 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Basingstoke - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 66.48 (High)
    • Climate Index 86.77 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 89.19 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 79.86 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 67.2 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Basingstoke

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Basingstoke

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.64 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.9 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 59.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 89.99 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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