This can make finding the right place for you and your family to live a real challenge when you are thinking of relocating.
To help you see where there is good quality of life to be found at present in the UK, we have created uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index
This is a study that has used officially sourced statistics for a wide range of aspects of life, to come up with a table of the best places to live in the UK. We have ranked all 138 statistical regions of the United Kingdom for the second time since 2013, so we can also show where places have gained ground on our table by improving their quality of life, or slipped down places.
The Isle of Anglesey NUTS 3 statistical region, which technically counts as part of the West Wales and The Valleys higher tier region, has improved since 2013 on our index, rising up the table from 88th place to 82nd. This is only a movement of 6 places however is an encouraging sign that this region's quality of life of improving.
Here are some of the statistics for the Isle of Anglesey:
In the Isle of Anglesey region, there is a solid, 72% rate of employment. This is actually low compared to other islands in our study which tend to have high employment comparative to their low populations, however is in line with UK average figures.
Incomes in Isle of Anglesey are above average, with the average resident receiving a gross weekly income of £489 in 2015.
House prices are fairly low, though not among the very lowest in the UK, with the average house in the Isle of Anglesey statistical region selling in 2015 for £150k.
Life expectancy doesn't differ hugely across the UK and the Isle of Anglesey's life expectancy is the same as many other UK regions at 79 for men and 83 for 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.
The weekly household food expenditure in the Isle of Anglesey is about average at £55 per week, and petrol is also close to national averages though slightly on the high side at 118p. Car insurance premiums are slightly above average at £478.40, and home insurance too at £260
Even though, the insurance premiums are high, there are certain steps you can take to find the best car insurance deals for you.
Other Important Factors
One area where the Isle of Anglesey scored very poorly was technology – though this is typical on the UK's smaller islands. Only 52% of the region has mobile phone coverage, and broadband speeds are well below average at 12.3Mbps.
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As with anywhere else in the UK there are pros and cons to living in the Isle of Anglesey region, however due to some significantly below average statistics in some areas like technology, it falls in the bottom half of our table.
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.
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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 .