The latest Quality of Life index from uSwitch.com has revealed that Edinburgh is the best place to live in the UK.
There was bad news however for inhabitants of Bradford, which was found to be the worst region. Scottish areas made the most substantial rises in the rankings.
A low crime rate, affordable living costs, large average salaries and a quick broadband connection have all been factors in driving Edinburgh to the top position.
As a whole, the uSwitch survey looked at 138 local areas for 26 factors, including salaries, household income and the cost of living. Lifestyle factors, such as working hours and life expectancy, were also taken into account to provide a solid picture of the quality of life in each region.
Edinburgh has seen a seismic rise to the top, rising 97 places since the last Index in 2013. The city has the lowest crime rate in the whole of Britain, low petrol and energy bills, average salaries of £29,588, disposable household income of £20,083 and average broadband speeds of 30Mbs.
The Scottish capital was not the only region north of the border to see gains in its Quality of Life ranking, with the top seven ranking risers also from the country. In fact, 13 out of the 20 regions that saw the largest gains in their ranking were from Scotland. The largest rise was recorded in the region of Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire, which rose 102 places from 112th to 10th. 
However, England is home to 16 of the 20 biggest falling regions. Bradford and Hull are stuck to the bottom of the Index. According to data from the report, people in Bradford have the lowest gross disposable household income of £13,654 per year, yet pay one of the greatest average weekly rents of £92.60. Employment in the area is low at 65% and the life expectancy is lower than the national average. Additionally, the region has crowded primary schools and just 44% of pupils obtained five A-C grade GCSE’S at Key Stage 4.
Data from the UK Quality of Life Index 2015 indicates that the top-ten regions to live in are:
||Change in rank position since 2013
||Edinburgh, City of, Eastern Scotland
||Solihull, West Midlands
||Hertfordshire, East of England
||Northumberland, North East
||South Lanarkshire, South Western Scotland
||Berkshire, South East
||Darlington, North East
||North Lanarkshire, South Western Scotland
||York, Yorkshire and Humber
||Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire, South Western Scotland
Edinburgh ‘best place to live’ in UK
The bottom ten regions in the Index are:
||Change in rank position since 2013
||Bradford, Yorkshire and The Humber
||Kingston Upon Hull, City of, Yorkshire and The Humber
||North of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
||Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highlands and Islands
||West and South of Northern Ireland
||Blackpool, North West
||Devon CC, South West
||Central Valleys, West Wales and The Valleys
||East of Northern Ireland
||South Teesside, North East
Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, said, ‘Edinburgh has long been a city that’s inspired; a vibrant city with striking architecture and a world famous festival, all surrounded by stunning scenery. Now it’s official-Edinburgh is the best place to live in the UK. With low crime rates, high wages and affordable living costs, it’s not just the history and cultural attractions that are drawing people to Scotland’s capital.’
‘And while Edinburgh sits proudly at the top of the spire, Scotland as a whole is the star performer, with it’s regions easily making the biggest climbs in the ranks this year. Contrast that with the biggest fallers in the rankings, the majority of which are regions in England,’ she continued.
Robinson notes that, ‘What this report reveals is the vast differences in the quality of life that many people across the UK are experiencing. Despite a buoyant UK economy, millions of people in this country aren’t feeling the benefits. We shouldn’t kid ourselves that it’s getting better for everyone out there. The reality is that millions of British households are still facing huge financial pressures, with wages barely covering higher living costs. And with talk of interest rates rising, any hope that those financial pressures might ease seems a forlorn one.’
‘It’s more important than ever that households take an honest look at their household budgets and see if there are savings that can be made. Simply by switching energy suppliers on a regular basis, hundreds of pounds could be shaved off the annual bill. Our quality of life is important and even minor changes could have a positive impact on our standard of living,’ Robinson concluded.