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South Lanarkshire is the 5th best place to live in the UK 2015

The results of the uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index for 2015 are in, and South Lanarkshire in Scotland has been ranked as one of the top performing cities or regions out of the 138 compared in our analysis.

Coming in as the 5th best place to live in the UK, up a massive 55 places since the study was last performed in 2013, South Lanarkshire appears to have a lot going for it in terms of quality of life, and is an area that is definitely on the up.

We used a wide range of factors to determine the quality of life in the 138 areas we analysed, including things like rent and house prices, household income, life expectancy, and even things related to the everyday convenience of living in a region, like the average broadband internet speed and level of mobile phone network coverage.

Here are some of the statistics that show why South Lanarkshire is a good place to move to in the UK:

Employment

The employment situation in South Lanarkshire is extremely good compared with national averages, with 73% of people in employment.

48% of the residents of South Lanarkshire work normal full time hours of between 35 and 45 hours per week, with only a very low 22% working more hours than is considered good for a healthy work-life balance.

Income

Gross weekly income in South Lanarkshire is good, at £531.90 – above 2nd place Solihull and 4th place Northumberland. Disposable income for the average household is a very respectable £16,183 per year.

House Prices

House prices are very low on average in South Lanarkshire, at just £107k. This is by far the lowest in the top five best places to live in the UK according to our study. .

Rent prices are also extremely low, at £57.19 per week on average.

Home values in South Lanarkshire

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy in South Lanarkshire is on the low end of our top 10 places to live at 77 for men and 81 for women, however there isn't as much of a variance in the life expectancies around the UK as there is in other factors included in our study – possibly because healthcare is available nationwide.

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 weekly household food bill in South Lanarkshire is on average £54.80 – the same as it is in Edinburgh, our number one place to live in the UK in 2015.

Home insurance and car insurance are also the same as in Edinburgh at £239.20 and £343.20 respectively – below the UK average. Fuel costs are around £1209.26 – also equivalent to our number one city.

If you want to check you’re on the cheapest energy deal head over to our energy comparison page.

Other Important Factors

South Lanarkshire is a good place to live if you place modern services as an important factor – the people here enjoy 93% mobile phone coverage, and a decent average broadband speed on 24.4Mbps.

Use our broadband postcode checker to see which deals and what speeds are on offer in your area.

With both North and South Lanarkshire in the top 10, it is clear that this is an area of the UK with a lot to offer!

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 .