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Bradford ranks 1st worst places to live 2015

If you are looking for the best place to move to in the UK, it can really pay to look at some of the intelligence available relating to the kind of quality of life you can expect in different regions and cities.

To help people find the best places to live in the UK, uSwitch have undertaken an analysis of a wide range of different data and stats, and created an index which allows us to list the 138 UK NUTS 1 regions from best to worst.

Factors included in the study include access to convenient services like mobile phone coverage, and broadband internet speeds, along with more traditional measures of quality of life like average income, house and rental prices, unemployment rates and the cost of normal household expenses like food and energy.

With the results of uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index, we can now report that in 2015, the worst place to live in the UK is Bradford. Bradford dropped 63 places from the last time this study was carried out in 2013 to sit in 138th place.

Yorkshire on the whole has been shown to be the most diverse count in the UK for quality of life, with Bradford and Hull the two worst places to live, but York ranking the 9th best!

Here are some of the reasons Bradford scores so poorly on the uSwitch index:

Employment

Bradford, similar to the second ranking worst place to live of Hull, has only 65% of its people in employment. This is one of the biggest factors in terms of it being a bad place to live, as the employment situation affects the whole economy of the area – meaning even people who wouldn't ordinarily be working anyway like retirees are affected in a negative way.

Income

Bradford's average weekly gross income is £456.60, which while low when all 138 NUTS 1 UK regions in uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index are taken into account, is not one of the very lowest. Disposable income is also low at just £13,654 for the average household, though this is actually higher than Hull which has, strangely, lower gross weekly incomes.

House Prices

House prices in Bradford are much higher than in Hull, our second place worst UK area to live in, at £120,000 compared with Hull's £97,000. However, it is not the house prices, which by UK nationwide standards actually aren't that high, that make Bradford such a poor place to live in 2015, but the rent. Average weekly rent here is £92.66 per week – higher not only than all the other places in the uSwitch 10 worst list, but also higher than anywhere at the top end of the best places to live list, including places like Berkshire that are in the commuter catchment area for London!

Home values in Bradford

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy in Bradford is not especially unusual for the UK, at 78 for men and 81 for women.

Living Costs

As you might expect due to being in a similar part of the country, living costs other than other rent are much the same as in Hull at just under £50 weekly for household food expenses, car insurance premiums at £509.60 and home insurance at £249.60, which are all fairly average UK-wide.

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Other Important Factors

For a well populated urban area, Bradford has quite poor mobile phone coverage with only 97% of the region getting signal. Broadband speeds are decent enough at 25.7Mbps.

Read our guide, to ensure which mobile network has the best mobile phone coverage

Low employment and exceptionally high rent costs contribute to other factors, making Bradford our overall worst place to live for 2015.

More to life than rankings

At uSwitch, we know that there is more to life than rankings, stats and figures, and our Qualify of Life Index merely highlights the vast differences in the experiences of people across the UK.

Whether you're living in the best city or the worst, millions of households in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland face financial struggles including rising energy bills and credit card debt. That's why it's more important than ever for households to assess their budgets, and uSwitch.com offers a great way to start.

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Place to Live 2015 — Where did your region rank?

2015 Rank Region Rank Change from 2013
1 Edinburgh +97
2 Solihull -1
3 Hertfordshire No Change
4 Northumberland +4
5 South Lanarkshire +55
6 Berkshire +3
7 Darlington +18
8 North Lanarkshire +98
9 York +6
10 Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire +102
11 Surrey -6
12 South Nottinghamshire -8
13 Central Bedfordshire +18
14 Wirral +13
15 Outer London - South +3
16 Warwickshire -10
17 Bath & North East Somerset; North Somerset & South Gloucestershire +3
18 Hampshire -5
19 Orkney Islands +86
20 Cheshire East -8
21 Tyneside -7
22 West Cumbria +41
23 Derby +14
24 Cornwall & Isles of Scilly +42
25 East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire; Helensburgh & Lomond +59
26 North Yorkshire -24
27 Swindon -8
28 Coventry +36
29 Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire +46
30 Calerdale & Kirklees +12
31 Worcestshire +13
32 Warrington -4
33 Outer London North & West +22
34 Leicestershire & Rutland +6
35 Birmingham +38
36 Falkirk +75
37 Sunderland -11
38 East Lothian & Midlothian +90
39 Cambridgshire -9
40 Telford & Wrekin +1
41 Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees +14
42 Cheshire West -26
43 Durham -19
44 Buckinghamshire -33
45 Gwynedd +81
46 Bournemouth & Poole +34
47 Bristol +25
48 Sheffield -19
49 Walsall +41
50 West Northamptonshire +11
51 Glasgow +84
52 Flintshire & Wrexham +60
53 Oxfordshire -43
54 Scottish Borders +83
55 Gloucestershire -48
56 Sefton -8
57 Staffordshire -19
58 Conwy & Denbighshire +71
59 Plymouth +30
60 Greater Manchester North -11
61 [joint] Leeds -26
61 [joint] Perth & Kinross and Sterling +41
63 Southend-on-Sea +22
64 South & West Derbyshire -44
65 Portsmouth -14
66 Dorset -23
67 Peterborough +52
68 Essex -15
69 Shropshire -33
70 Medway -19
71 West Sussex -48
72 Swansea +37
73 Bedford -27
74 Herefordshire +4
75 Outer London - North & East +8
76 North Northamptonshire +1
77 Wolverhampton +2
78 Wiltshire -44
79 West Lothian +46
80 East Derbyshire +17
81 South Ayrshire +26
82 Isle of Anglesey +6
83 Stoke-on-Trent +25
84 Inner London - East +15
85 Angus & Dundee City +46
86 Wakefield -55
87 Inner London - West +14
88 Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan +27
89 East Riding of Yorkshire -73
90 Powys -21
91 East Merseyside -20
92 North Nottingham -5
93 Luton +23
94 Outer Belfast -33
95 Lincolnshire -45
96 East Cumbria -31
97 Milton Keynes -40
98 South West Wales -6
99 Southampton +1
100 Greater Manchester South -42
101 Leicester +21
102 Nottingham +8
103 Kent -58
104 Belfast -82
105 Norfolk -29
106 Lancashire -73
107 Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae, Argyll & Bute +29
108 Caithness & Sutherland; Ross & Cromarty +26
109 Brighton & Hove -35
110 Liverpool -16
111 Suffolk -44
112 Shetland Islands -31
113 Thurrock -22
114 Bridgend & North Port Talbot -18
115 Blackburn With Darwen -1
116 Iverness & Nairn & Moray; Badenoch & Strathspey +16
117 East Sussex -47
118 East Ayrshire & North Aryshire (Mainland) +20
119 Torbay +4
120 North & North East Lincolnshire -73
121 Monmouthshire & Newport -3
122 Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham -68
123 Clackmannashire & Fife +10
124 Isle of Wight -20
125 [joint] Gwent Valleys -1
125 [joint] Somerset -43
127 Dumfries &Galloway No Change
128 Sandwell -25
129 South Teesside -36
130 East of Northern Ireland -91
131 Central Valleys -10
132 Devon -46
133 Blackpool -16
134 West & South of Northern Ireland -75
135 Eilean Siar (Western Isles) -15
136 North of Northern Ireland -68
137 Kingston Upon Hull -7
138 Bradford -43

About the research

The uSwitch.com study assessed 138 local areas (NUTS3 regions) for 26 factors such as salaries, disposable household income, and the cost of essential goods including food bills, fuel costs and energy bills. The study also factored in lifestyle issues like hours of sunshine, working hours and life expectancy to ensure a full picture of the quality of life in each NUTS3 region.

For more about the study's methodology, read the full press release .