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What are the best places to live and work in the UK?

Find the best cities to live, work and raise a family in the UK

We ranked Britain’s towns and cities with over 200,000 residents on a range of factors including average salary, rent, property prices, commuting costs and quality of life.

Click on the map pins below to find out more about the UK's best places to live, according to our liveability index.

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What are the best cities in the UK?

According to our research the best places for under 30s to live and work are:

  1. Sunderland
  2. Leeds
  3. Aberdeen
  4. Milton Keynes
  5. Liverpool
  6. Derby
  7. Swindon
  8. Leicester
  9. York
  10. Nottingham

The top ten is dominated by northern cities Sunderland, Leeds, Liverpool, Derby, Leicester, York and Nottingham. Aberdeen, Milton Keynes and Swindon were the only cities outside of northern England to make the list.

Sunderland was our overall winner.

What are the safest places to live in the UK?

According to a survey conducted by OnePoll Newcastle is the safest UK city with a population of greater than 200,000.

  1. Newcastle
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Plymouth
  4. York
  5. Swansea
  6. Southampton
  7. Edinburgh
  8. Cardiff
  9. Brighton and Hove
  10. Glasgow

What I would advise my younger self

Managing money is a way to help ensure that your money serves you in the best way possible. Decisions that you make on how to manage your money at 18 can dramatically shape your future financial outlook.

Looking back on my teens, I would tell my 18 year old self to:

  • start paying closer attention to the numbers in my bank account
  • to save some money to ensure that I was looking after my future self
  • to use budgeting techniques that allow you to spend less on the things you don't love and more on the things you do.

Hopefully, you’ll also be able to manage your bank account in a way that means there’s also some money left over to go into a savings account.


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