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Northern Ireland ranked among worst places to live in 'quality of life' survey

Published 22/10/2015

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Northern Ireland may have taken the title of the happiest place to live - but according to a new survey it's among the places with the worst quality of life.

The uSwitch.com study Quality of Life Index 2015 took into account 26 different factors including crime rates, salaries, and the cost of essential goods such as fuel, food and energy bills.

It also considered lifestyle factors such as working hours, life expectancy and hours of sunshine.

And out of 138 areas in the UK - the North, South, East and West of Northern Ireland all featured in the bottom 10 places to live in the UK.

Belfast and 'Outer Belfast' climbed slightly higher on the chart, taking 104th and 94th place respectively.

Taking first place was Edinburgh - which soared an incredible 97 places compared to 2013.

It pushed the winner of 2013, Solihull, into second place.

According to the report Edinburgh has the lowest reported crime rate in the UK, cheap petrol and energy bills, high average salaries of £29,588 and disposable household income of £20,083, as well as fast average broadband download speeds of 30Mbs.

Sixteen out of the 20 biggest falling regions are English, with both Bradford and Hull, both in the Yorkshire and Humber region, rooted at the foot of the UK Quality of Life Index.

Outer Belfast took 94th place - falling 33 places while Belfast was placed 104th, marking a drop of 82 places.

Further down the chart the East of Northern Ireland took 130th place falling 91 places.

Meanwhile the west and south of Northern Ireland was in 134th place dropping 75 places and the North of Northern Ireland took 136th place - a drop of 68 places.

At the bottom of the list was Bradford which fell 43 places since 2013.

According to the report, people in Bradford have amongst the lowest gross disposable household incomes of £13,654 a year, yet pay one of the highest average weekly rents of £92.60.

The employment rate is low at 65% and there is also a lower than average life expectancy at 77 years and seven months for men and 81 years and four months for women.

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 Sheffiled -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

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