The Worst Place to Live in the UK
By |Published On: 11th August 2015|

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The Worst Place to Live in the UK

By |Published On: 11th August 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

It may be the most affordable borough to live in within the capital, but Barking and Dagenham is the least happy place to live in the country.

It has the cheapest property prices in London, but Barking and Dagenham scored the lowest in five of Rightmove’s 12 criteria to judge residents’ happiness. The area came at the bottom of a list of 130 spots.

Barking and Dagenham was voted the worst for community, area upkeep, safety, amenity and neighbourliness.

Separate research earlier this year also found that Dagenham is Britain’s most burgled town.

Darren Rodwell, Barking and Dagenham Council leader, says: “I find this report quite amusing, as we have just had tens of thousands of people coming to a series of events celebrating 50 years of our borough.

“This was the largest community celebration of its kind in London and as a result, we even had Her Majesty the Queen coming here a couple of weeks ago to see our fantastic borough and residents.”

He says the area is ready for growth and development, stating: “London is moving east and we are at the heart of it.”1

The north Yorkshire town of Harrogate was voted the happiest place to live for the third consecutive year, coming first for area upkeep, pride and safety.

At the bottom of the list were Hounslow, Brent, Harrow and Newham, indicating that high house prices in London have a negative impact on locals.

Of all London boroughs, Richmond was rated the happiest.

Traditionally, house prices are higher down south, but Barking and Dagenham’s average price of £225,455 is much lower than Harrogate’s £277,049.

Top 10 happiest places to live in the UK



1 Harrogate
2 Shrewsbury
3 Ipswich
4 York
5 Chester
6 Inverness
7 Llandrindod Wells
8 Hemel Hempstead
9 Watford
10 Blackpool

Top 10 unhappiest places to live in the UK



1 Barking and Dagenham
2 Hounslow
3 Brent
4 Harrow
5 Newham
6 Tower Hamlets
7 Greenwich
8 Luton
9 Hillingdon
10 Haringey



About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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