Oxfordshire has dropped from 10th to the 53rd best place to live from 138 regions across the UK in a new study.
That’s the verdict of a detailed index which ranked the county as the 53rd best place to live in the UK, a major drop on just two years ago.
The uSwitch Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index assessed 138 UK regions for 26 different lifestyle factors including working hours, life expectancy, hours of sunshine, food and energy bills, disposable income and more.
And the county has dropped alarmingly by 43 places from the top 10 in the last study back in 2013 all the way down to 53rd place in the overall table this time around.
Former index leaders Solihull is now second place behind Edinburgh which has rocketed 97 places from 2013 to the number one spot in 2015.
Nearby Hertfordshire was ranked the third best place to live while Bucks was also way down, dropping 33 places from 11th to 44th.
Down in 138th place and ranked the worst place to live in the UK was the region of Bradford, Yorkshire and The Humber.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said the report reveals ‘vast differences in the quality of life that many people across the UK are experiencing’.
She said: “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.”
More to life than rankings
While there is more to life than rankings, stats and figures, uSwitch said it’s Qualify of Life Index ‘aims to highlight the vast differences in the experiences of people across the country’.
For more about the study’s methodology, read the full press release
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