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Lincolnshire is the 95th best place to live in the UK 2015

When focusing on the quality of life people are enjoying, there is undoubtedly a significant level of diversity across the statistical regions that make up the United Kingdom.

Because where you choose to live can have such a dramatic effect on your general quality of life, when you are looking to move to a new part of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland it is very much advisable to do some research to try and ensure you pick somewhere where life will be comfortable and offer you everything you need.

Whether you actually are looking to move at the moment, or you are just interested in seeing the shape of the different parts of the UK in quality of life terms right now, uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index is a useful study that can offer some very interesting insights.

Using officially gathered data from sources like the ONS for every one of the UK's 138 statistical regions, uSwitch has created an index for overall quality of life based on a wide range of factors.

We have then been able to rank the regions from best to worst as places to live in 2015. We can also compare our 2015 findings to our last quality of life research from 2013, to show where things have changed.

Lincolnshire in the East Midlands is a region of the UK that has seen some statistical decline for quality of life since 2013, dropping down from number 50 in our league table of the best places to live in 2013 to 95 in 2015.

These are some of the statistics for Lincolnshire that were used in uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index for 2015:

Employment

Lincolnshire has fairly good overall employment rates, with 75% of people living in Lincolnshire having a job. 41% of the population of Lincolnshire in 2015 were working normal full time hours of 35-45 hours a week.

25% on top of that were working 45 or more hours per week in Lincolnshire, which is considered to be overworking in quality of life terms.

Income

Incomes in Lincolnshire were fairly average for the UK in 2015. The gross weekly income per person was £451.83. Disposable income in Lincolnshire is also mediocre, at £16,758 per annum for a household.

House Prices

House prices are moderately low in the statistical region of Lincolnshire, with the average house in 2015 costing £145k.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy from birth in Lincolnshire is similar to overall averages for England, at 83 for women and 79 for men.

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

The cost of food is in line with averages for the whole of the UK at £55 for a weekly household grocery shop. Petrol is slightly above average in Lincolnshire at 117p.

Other Important Factors

Lincolnshire performs poorly for mobile phone signal at 70% of the region, and has fairly low broadband speeds of 18.6Mbps on average.

See how your broadband speeds stack up against your neighbours by trying out our broadband speed test.

Like anywhere, Lincolnshire has its pros and cons. With relatively good employment and fairly good house prices, it is let down by comparatively low incomes and poor technology.

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.

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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 .