Skip to main content
Menu
Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is one of the 20 worst places to live in 2015

If you're interested to know how the place you live in compares to the rest of the UK for quality of life, or are looking to move and want to make an informed choice of location, uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index is a good place to start.

We've compared every region of the UK across a range of factors pertinent to quality of life, and created a league table of the best and worst places to live based on our findings.

Dumfries and Galloway in South Western Scotland is a rare case in our study, where it falls in exactly the same place in our recent study using 2015 data as it did in our previous version of uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index back in 2013.

Unfortunately, this is a low place on our table – 127th out of 138 UK NUTS 3 statistical regions to be exact. This means that in both 2013 and 2015, Dumfries and Galloway was the 12th worst place to live in the UK for statistical quality of life.

Here are some of the 2015 statistics for Dumfries and Galloway that were used in our study:

Employment

Employment rates in Dumfries and Galloway are not particularly low overall with a fairly average 72% of people in work, however, the percentage of people working standard full time hours every week (regarded as being 35 to 45 hours) is well below average at 36%.

With another 25% (which is slightly higher than average) regarded to be working more hours than is recommended for a good work life balance, this means that there are a lot of people either working part time, or working too much.

Income

Incomes are below average for the UK and for Scotland with the gross weekly income in Dumfries and Galloway in 2015 at £432.40.

House Prices

One of the few areas where Dumfries and Galloway scores well (if you are a buyer) is its low house prices. While not among the very lowest in the UK, Dumfries and Galloway's average house price in 2015 was well below average at £118k. Rent is also well below average at £60 per week.

Home values in Dumfries & Galloway

Life Expectancy

Dumfries and Galloway is an unusual one for life expectancy. Where in almost all other regions the gap between men and women is four years, with some cases of three or five, in Dumfries and Galloway there is just a two year gap with men living to an average of 78 and women 80. This is below average for both genders but especially women.

Life expectancy is an influential factor that insurance companies use to determine life insurance premiums. You can check our advice guide on how to get a cheaper life insurance policy

Living Costs

While incomes are low, the cost of living in Dumfries and Galloway is in line with UK and Scottish averages, with a weekly grocery shop costing £55 and average petrol prices at 117p. Car insurance is cheap by UK standards at £343.20, however this is the case throughout Scotland.

Other Important Factors

Dumfries and Galloway has very poor mobile phone coverage, with just 63% of the region able to get a signal. It also has slow average broadband speeds, at 10.7Mbps. Find out which network has the best mobile coverage in our dedicated guide

Dumfries and Galloway has some interesting statistics like its unusual life expectancy, however most of its stats are negative, which is why it appears so low on uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index.

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.

Below you can find ways to save on everything from car insurance to mobile bills.

Compare energy

Compare broadband

Compare credit cards

Compare mortgages

Compare car insurance

Compare mobiles

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 .