Stoke-on-Trent ranks 83rd – Best places to live in UK
If you are looking for the best places to live in the UK, Uswitch’s Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index is a study that can provide great information, listing all 138 statistical regions in the UK, best to worst based on actual and official 2015 data.
You can also compare it to our results from the same study in 2013, to see how each region is doing.
Stoke-on-Trent, in England’s West Midlands, is one of the statistical regions that has risen significantly in the rankings since 2013, to 68 places. It was our 108th best place to live in 2013, but based on the 2015 index, it’s now the 83rd best – still in the bottom half of the table, but clearly improving.
Here are some statistics related to the quality of life in Stoke-on-Trent in 2015:
The Stoke-on-Trent region has a reasonably low overall employment rate, with 68% employees. However, it works well for full-time workers with an above-average full-time employment rate of 51%. It also has a low number of people working more than 45 hours per week (a sign of a poor work-life balance and therefore poorer quality of life) at only 19%.
Incomes are quite average in this region, with an average gross weekly income for the individual of Stoke-on-Trent in 2015 at £ 449. It has very low disposable income by UK standards, however, with the average household in Stoke-on-Trent having only £ 13,586 as disposable income in 2015.
Houses are among the lowest in the country, with Stoke-on-Trent being one of the few places where a house costs less than £ 100,000, with the average house in this statistical region selling in 2015 for £ 95,000.
In Stoke-on-Trent, life expectancy is slightly lower than the average age in England, although it is higher than in parts of the UK as a whole (particularly in Scotland, this which affects life expectancy), at 77 for men and 81 for women
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Cost of living
Food costs are in the lower end of average in Stoke-on-Trent with a weekly grocery store for food and non-alcoholic drinks for a household hitting £ 54 in 2015. Gasoline prices are in the upper range from the average at 118 pence, however car insurance is more expensive than in many parts of England at £ 540.80.
Other important factors
Stoke-on-Trent has 99% cell phone network coverage and average broadband speeds are 26.1 Mbps, not among the highest, but reasonably good. This means that Stoke-on-Trent performs well for people who prioritize the availability of technology services when thinking about what they need for a good quality of life.
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When it comes to wellness and quality of life, you’ll find plenty of variations in England, Scotland, Wales and the NI. While Stoke-on-Trent has perks like low house prices and reasonable incomes, negatives like low disposable income and low employment rate keep it from being in the bottom half. of the table in 2015.
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At Uswitch, we know there is more to life than rankings, stats and numbers, and our Life Qualification Index simply highlights the big differences in the experiences of people across the UK.
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About the research
The Uswitch.com study assessed 138 local areas (NUTS3 regions) for 26 factors such as wages, disposable household income, and the cost of essential goods, including food bills, fuel costs, and household bills. energy. The study also took into account lifestyle issues such as hours of sunshine, working hours and life expectancy to ensure a comprehensive picture of the quality of life in each NUTS3 region.
To learn more about the study’s methodology, read the full press release.