Best postcodes for quality of life in UK revealed
The UK postcodes where people enjoy the best quality of life have been revealed - with none of them in London.
A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), analysed the work-life balance of residents over the past two years.
The team considered a range of factors including the quality of schools, access to green spaces, employment prospects, working hours, affordable housing and average commuting times.
In England, people living in the small town of Bebington in the Wirral have the nicest lives – closely followed by those in north west Norwich and parts of Bournemouth.
The study says people in Bebington – the town also named top spot in 2015 – “enjoy the ideal balance of living close to work, having access to good schools and high employment rates”.
Top postcodes in the UK
1. Bebington, Wirral
2. North and North West Norwich
3. Broadstone, Bournemouth
4. Sale, Greater Manchester
5. East Cowes, Isle of Wight
1. Neilson, East Renfrewshire
3. Lenzie/Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire
4. Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire
5. Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire
1. Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
2. Cardiff Central
5. Pembroke Dock
1. Craigavon, County Armagh
2. Dundonald, Belfast
4. Lurgan, County Armagh
5. Finaghy, Belfast
Of the list of ten postcodes, six of them are located in the south of England – a rise from just three last year.
Economists said that “good local schools and lower unemployment helped facilitate the change”.
The top areas in Scotland were the Glasgow suburbs – due to shorter working hours and commute times – with Edinburgh postcodes knocked out of the top ten as a result of high housing costs.
Areas in and around Cardiff were voted the best in Wales.
And County Armagh topped the Northern Ireland postcodes.
The study was commissioned by Royal Mail and reviewed local data sources, including Census results and date from local governments the Office for National Statistics.
Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said: “Royal Mail delivers to nearly 30 million addresses across the UK, connecting communities and businesses.
“This new report builds on the study that we commissioned two years ago and provides unique insight into the most desirable places to live and work, through the lens of the postcode.”