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    Aberdeen – The best UK city to live and work in, says data

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    If you’re looking for somewhere with the perfect balance of work and happiness then Aberdeen is the perfect city for you.

    Analysis of 50 UK cities by Shawbrook Bank Personal Loans reveals the highest-ranking places to live based on several factors, including the number of green spaces, working hours, house prices and the cost of bills.

    Taking all the factors into account, Aberdeen scores a high 6.67 out of 10, topping the UK Cities.

    With working hours being 0.4 under the UK average, commute times being 13 minutes under the UK average as well as 72 takeaways and 14 parks to explore, you can expect to have a great work life balance.

    The top ranking English city is Middlesborough, coming in at third place. Middlesborough scores an average of 5.70 out of 10 on the happiness rankings. The UK city has weekly working hours of 35 – 1.2 hours more than the UK average. As well as having 28 takeaways and 52 parks, you’ll have the chance to relax in the open spaces.

    The top 15 cities for happiness in the UK

    Rank

    City

    Happiness /10

    Quality of life index

    No. of daylight hours

    Crime rate index

    No. of takeaways

    No. of parks

    Average score

    1

    Aberdeen

    7.4

    182.67

    17.39

    35.87

    72

    14

    6.25

    2

    Belfast

    7.4

    175.16

    17.02

    42.58

    102

    49

    6.05

    3

    Sunderland

    7.3

    211.64

    17.07

    46.1

    35

    41

    5.93

    4

    Edinburgh

    7.4

    176.09

    17.21

    30.05

    255

    32

    5.74

    5

    Middlesbrough

    7.2

    207.16

    17.02

    42.18

    28

    52

    5.50

    6

    York

    7.5

    171.88

    16.54

    25.87

    73

    25

    5.49

    7

    Dundee

    7.1

    191.11

    17.29

    45.86

    37

    41

    5.34

    8

    Glasgow

    7.2

    166.89

    17.2

    45.17

    222

    90

    5.28

    9

    Bournemouth

    7.7

    163.14

    16.18

    39.4

    108

    25

    5.27

    10

    Norwich

    7.4

    166.57

    16.38

    26.64

    47

    45

    5.25

    When comparing metrics such as crime rates, quality of life, number of parks and the average house price, Aberdeen also ranked top with the highest happiness rating.

    Aberdeen offers the perfect balance to ensure you’ll be satisfied if happiness is the main priority for you and your family. Offering 17.39 hours of daylight a day and a low crime rate mixed with 72 takeaways and 14 parks, the Scottish city gives you plenty of variety for a fun and safe family weekend.

    Interestingly, Scotland and Ireland dominate the top five, having three cities in the mix, with Sunderland being the highest ranked English city in third.

    You can view the full results of the report here: https://www.shawbrook.co.uk/direct/personal-loans/happiest-places-to-live-and-work-in/

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