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Revealed: 10 most affluent areas in Northern Ireland - and 10 most deprived areas

10 - Academy - near Galgorm, in Ballymena - Mid and East Antrim
10 - Academy - near Galgorm, in Ballymena - Mid and East Antrim
9: Finaghy - Belfast
8: Rosstulla
7: Cairnshill - Lisburn and Castlereagh Council
6 - Greenisland - Mid and East Antrim
5 - Belmont Belfast
4 - Jordanstown
3: Galwally, Lisburn and Castlereagh
2 Stranmillis, Belfast
1 Hillfoot, Belfast
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Government statistics have revealed the best place to live in Northern Ireland.

It was revealed in Thursday's publication of the Multiple Deprivation Measures report.

It ranked each of Northern Ireland's 462 electoral wards in terms of seven distinctive types of deprivation including income, employment, living environment and crime. Each ward helps make up the 80 district electoral areas for the 11 councils across Northern Ireland.

Data was collected from multiple government departments and agencies as well as from the census and from other official statistics. In all 38 separate indicators were examined. For example,  for the crime and disorder rankings incidents of violent crime, vehicle crime, burglary and anti-social behaviour disorders were considered.

They have then been combined to produce an overall deprivation measure. Most of the information was gathered from the 2015/16 year to produce the results.

It ranked every area from the most deprived to the least.

And the Hillfoot ward on the outskirts of east Belfast was found to be the least deprived. It includes areas such as the Rocky Road and parts of Knockbracken Upper knockbreda.

The most deprived area was in north Belfast Water Works area on the Antrim Road.

Those with the highest income live in the Burleigh area of Mid and East Antrim Council. While those on the lowest income ranking live in Crossmaglen.

In employment terms - the highest ranking is for those living in Stranmillis in south Belfast.  While the lowest was found in the City Walls area of Derry.

The highest district for crime  was found in the City Walls area of Derry. While Rosstulla in Newtownabbey the least.

The stats also ranked the best and worst places to live in terms of the living environment.

The worst - most deprived - was found to be the Windsor area of Belfast. The best was deemed to be in Ballyclare West - in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area.

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