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Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire rank in the top 10 places to live 2015

Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire rank in the top 10 places in the UK to live - find out why:

The UK has a lot of diversity in terms of what life in like in its different countries, cities and regions, and so if you are looking for the best place to move to in the UK then it is a good idea to use the information available to try and choose somewhere that can offer a good quality of life in terms of the factors that matter most to you.

In uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index, a study that compares 138 UK regions based on data relating to things like income, employment rates, cost of living, life expectancy and lifestyle convenience – things like how easy it is to get phone signal and fast broadband – to find the 10 best places to live.

In the study, Scotland scores very well for 2015, with Edinburgh taking the top spot, both North and South Lanarkshire sitting in the top 10, and Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire rated in 10th place. Here are some of the stats that allowed Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire to make the top 10:

Employment

In Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire, the rate of employment is good, at 72%. 46% of people are working full time but without going over the 'normal' amount of hours of 45 per week – only 21% could be considered to be 'overworking', which is a good quality of life indicator.

Income

Income is high in the Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire region, with the average weekly gross income at just under £500 (£495.87 to be precise). The average household enjoys £17,685 in disposable income per year.

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy isn't as high as in some of the other best places to live according to our study, but it is worth considering that Scotland as a whole does have a lower life expectancy on average than England, which affects these stats. Men are still expected to see a respectable 77 years, and women 81 in this area

Living Costs

Costs for basic living expenses are on the low side in Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire even when compared to our other top 10 best places to live in the UK. According to data used in uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index study, the average household in this area spends $54.80 on food, and pays dual fuel bills of £1,209.26 per year. Could you be paying less for your duel fuel bills? Compare them today.

Like other places in our top 10 from Scotland, car insurance is low at £343.20 on average, and petrol is comparatively low too at 117.15 on average in 2015. Compare car insurance deals with our comparison tool to ensure you're on the cheapest deal.

Other Important Factors

When it comes to your all important communication technology, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire is in good shape with 97% mobile phone signal coverage across the region and average broadband speeds of 28.8Mbps

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Scotland has some of the best places to live according to the uSwitch report, and this region has plenty to offer in terms of value and quality of life.

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 .