The best place to live

Topping a 'Quality of Life Index' spanning the length and breadth of Britain, Edinburgh has been revealed as the best place to live in the UK.

The study by uSwitch assessed 138 local areas for 26 different factors including salaries, disposable household income and the cost of essential goods, such as fuel, food and energy bills, as well as lifestyle factors such as working hours, life expectancy and hours of sunshine, to provide a complete picture of the quality of life in each region.

Edinburgh’s meteoric rise to the top, jumping 97 places since the last Quality of Life Index in 2013 and knocking Solihull off its perch in the process, is due to a number of factors.

Councillor Andrew Burns, City of Edinburgh Council Leader, said: "This result is further great news for the city. The quality of life in Scotland’s capital is high because the city offers the best of everything. Edinburgh is the home of Hogmanay, spectacular architecture, great museums and the biggest arts festival in the world. We have a vibrant retail offering and thriving jobs market, award-winning green spaces and beaches and well regarded schools and universities - the list goes on. Little wonder, then, that Edinburgh tops the list of the best places to live."

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, said: “Edinburgh has long been a city that’s inspired; a vibrant city with striking architecture and a world famous festival, all surrounded by stunning scenery. Now it’s official - Edinburgh is the best place to live in the UK. With low crime rates, high wages and affordable living costs, it’s not just the history and cultural attractions that are drawing people to Scotland’s capital.

“And while Edinburgh sits proudly at the top of the spire, Scotland as a whole is the star performer, with its regions easily making the biggest climbs in the ranks this year. Contrast that with the biggest fallers in the rankings, the majority of which are regions in England."

To see further data from the Quality of Life Index click here.

2015 ranking

NUTS3 region

2013 ranking

Change in rank position since 2013

1

Edinburgh, City of, Eastern Scotland

98

+97

2

Solihull, West Midlands

1

-1

3

Hertfordshire, East of England

3

0

4

Northumberland, North East

8

+4

5

South Lanarkshire, South Western Scotland

60

+55

6

Berkshire, South East

9

+3

7

Darlington, North East

25

+18

8

North Lanarkshire, South Western Scotland

106

+98

9

York, Yorkshire and Humber

15

+6

10

Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire, South Western Scotland

112

+102

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