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

Click on the map pins below to get the low down on some of the UK's best places to live according to our own liveability index. This ranked Britain’s towns and cities with over 200,000 residents.

Covering aspects like average salary, rent, property prices and commuting costs, as well as where each city ranks for quality of life, you can use our interactive map to find out which UK cities offer the most bang for your buck.

The happiness and satisfaction ranking give an idea of the quality of life in each specific area. They were determined by access to amenities, entertainment and services. Cross-referencing this with key living costs such as rent, property prices and commuting costs, should help you decide where the best places to live and work in the UK are.

Location Rank

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 cheapest places to live in the UK?

Sunderland has the cheapest average property price of any of the places on the list, although Milton Keynes is the most cost-efficient place to live, having the largest discrepancy between living costs and average income.

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

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