These days there are lots of different ways of defining where the best place to live in the UK is. But one of the most trusted if Propety Week’s Hot Housing Index which focuses on a number of different factors to define the best place to live in the UK. These factors include housing affordability, employment levels, Internet connectivity, local amenities, public transport and a new score for “propensity to move” house.
The 2017 index was released recently and it revealed Edinburgh as the best place to live in the UK beating of competition from the likes of Crewe, Bristol, Aberdeen, Chester and one of our Yorkshire locations, just one of several to feature in the top 50 index. In descending order, here are the Yorkshire locations that featured and why.
Premier League football delivered by Huddersfield Town hasn’t been enough to stop the town’s slide from its 2016 position of 34. Scoring well for housing affordability, schools and local amenities sees Huddersfield with a score of 61.40% on the index. The area scored poorly for employment levels.
The city of York is one of the highest climbers in the index up from its position of 50th last year. The area scored especially high for propensity to move and for its local amenities with the city centre well stocked as well as out of town retail sites such as at Monks Cross. York was penalised with average scores for affordability, schools and also saw a poor score for Internet connectivity resulting in a score of 63.80%
The East Riding of Yorkshire town of Beverey dropped from its 2016 in the top 10 to a still impressive 16th in this year’s index. Scoring highly for schools and local amenities, it was penalised with low scores for propensity to move and its access to public transport meaning a score of 64.80%.
Leeds was one of the major city climbers up to 14th from 25th in 2016 becoming the highest ranked city in Yorkshire. An impressive score of 65.90% was due to the highest marks for schools, public transport, propensity move and local amenities. The opening of the Leeds to Bradford train line and the brand new Victoria Gate shopping centre will have helped Leeds’ score. It scored poorly for employment levels.
Often featuring highly in best places to live indexes, Harrogate once again features highly climbing to 3rd from its 2016 position of 4th. Its superb score of 68.90% was due to high scores for schools, local amenities and employment. As is well known for Harrogate, it was held back by its affordability but also propensity to move and access to public transport. But Harrogate once again can be proud of featuring towards the top of a “best places to live” list.
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