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