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Berkshire ranked sixth best place to live in the country

UK study sees royal county climb three places

William Walker

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Berkshire is the sixth best place to live in the country according to a recent study, and has climbed three places since the last survey was conducted in 2013.

The study conducted by uSwitch.com assessed 138 local areas on 26 factors such as salaries, disposable household income and the cost of essential goods including food bills, fuel costs and energy bills.

The study also factored in lifestyle issues like hours of sunshine, working hours and life expectancy.

Berkshire was placed in the top ten ahead of 18th placed Hampshire, Swindon at 27 and Oxfordshire at 53, but behind highly ranked Solihull, Hertfordshire and South Lanarkshire.

Edinburgh won the number one spot, leaping 97 places over the last study two years ago.

Overall, while Scottish regions climbed the table English areas slipped, with 16 out of 20 of the farthest falling regions in England.

Liverpool had the lowest employment rate of any region in the whole country at 59 per cent, while West Londoners worked the hardest – 41 per cent work 45 hours each week or more on average.

Highest council tax payers were from Nottingham – paying £1,676 per year.

The south east of England enjoyed the highest life expectancy, with women expecting 85 years in Buckinghamshire, and men 81.5 years in Surrey.

The richest region, perhaps unsurprisingly, is in West London with a high average full-time salary of £35,464 and gross disposable income of £39,602.

The top ten areas, in descending order, are: Edinburgh, Solihull, Hertfordshire, Northumberland, South Lanarkshire, Berkshire, Darlington, North Lanarkshire, York and Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire.

What do you think of the rankings? Should Berkshire be even higher? Let us know what you think via: william.walker@newburynews.co.uk

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