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


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 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.


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 



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