Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

From living costs to hours of sunshine, the UK’s best and worst places to live in

ThinkstockPhotos-491173088.jpg

The debate over which city or town in the UK is the best to live in is one that has raged on for years  - and will probably keep on going.

Londoners say that despite extortionate rent there’s nowhere else as exciting as the capital city, Mancunians are proud to show off their food and cultural offerings, while the population of Allerdale in Cumbria is claimed to be the happiest in Britain

Now a new survey has ranked the 10 best and worst places to live in the UK, based on uSwitch’s Quality of Life Index 2015, and Edinburgh was crowned the winner - while London didn’t even make the cut.

Solihull

Solihull in the West Midlands came second

The study assessed 138 local areas, taking into consideration living costs, salaries, disposable household income, crime rates and the cost of essential goods, as well as working hours, life expectancy, hours of sunshine and even broadband speed.

The Scottish capital came up trumps thanks to an average salary of £29,588, disposable income of £20,083 and fast average broadband download speeds of 30Mbs. It jumped a whopping 97 places from the last Index in 2013.

In fact, Scotland as a whole did particularly well, with Inverclyde, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire all among the top 10, and it was revealed that more than half of the country’s regions had improved their quality of life.

blackpool

Meanwhile, Blackpool was branded one of the worst cities to live in

Meanwhile, Bradford and Hull are officially the worst places to live, let down by low disposable income, low employment, crowded schools and high rent.

Take a look at the full list of the 10 best places to live in the UK below.

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Solihull
  3. Hertfordshire
  4. Northumberland
  5. South Lanarkshire
  6. Berkshire
  7. Darlington
  8. North Lanarkshire
  9. York
  10. Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire

And here are the bottom 10 regions to live in.

  1. Bradford
  2. Kingston Upon Hull
  3. North of Northern Ireland
  4. Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
  5. West and South of Northern Ireland
  6. Blackpool
  7. Devon CC
  8. Central Valleys
  9. East of Northern Ireland
  10. South Teesside

Images: Thinkstock, Rex Features 

Related

trof-manchester.jpg

Where to eat the best eggs in Britain

browns-b-b-external.JPG

The most and least affordable places to visit on bank holiday weekend

rexfeatures_5279915gj.jpg

Kate Winslet writes ‘no airbrushing’ clause into her contract

ThinkstockPhotos-466487633.jpg

Behold the world's best bar (it's right here in Britain)

601335_427662913986251_299547561_n.jpg

Ten of the UK's most romantic hotels for an autumn escape

5 - TajMahal2Pete Seaward - Lonely Planet.jpg

New Lonely Planet superlist: world’s top ten most intoxicating sights

KbwPb6Y.jpg

Step inside the gothic bake queen's Halloween home makeover

ThinkstockPhotos-482460794.jpg

The unfashionably kitsch baby names heading for extinction

station.jpg

'Why are we Londoners so angry?'

Untitled-1.jpg

The anti-selfie travel Instagram account we'd all love to be part of

Comments

More

This is how Bake Off will change when it moves to Channel 4

From the horse (aka Paul Hollywood)’s mouth itself…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Are you the youngest in your family? We have good news for you…

Experts have revealed the surprising trait that all little brothers and sisters share

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Meet the all-female anti-poaching team saving rhinos in South Africa

Jessica Chastain is set to produce a film about their story.

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

New-look Baywatch is all about chests, not breasts

But is it really any better... ?

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Cheers! You can now grow your own Prosecco at home

This could be dangerous...

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

Is Kim Cattrall already filming a Samantha SATC spin-off?

“Channelling Ms Samantha Jones once again…”

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Watch the risqué new trailer for Fifty Shades Darker

Christian Grey is back...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Dec 2016

New social platform wants to make sure nobody’s lonely this Christmas

“It’s like Tinder, but for Christmas”

by Amy Lewis
07 Dec 2016

How to buy bubbles: 8 incredible Champagnes under £30

Fantastic fizz

by Amy Swales
07 Dec 2016

Holiday hack gets you 18 days off work in a row, using just 9 days

And for our next trick we’ll turn 9 days of annual leave into 18…

by Kayleigh Dray
07 Dec 2016