Wolverhampton named best place in UK to live in survey

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Wolverhampton has rubbished previous negative polls and been named the best place to live in the UK after receiving top marks in a new survey.

Queen Square in Wolverhampton

The city ranked highly in Provident's Unbroken Britain Communities survey for being welcoming, polite, safe and well kept.

It also ranked highly for being a happy place to live, with residents trusting each other – and also for gossiping.

It comes after a series of surveys ranked the city as being one of the worst – with a YouGov poll of more than 55,000 in 2018 naming it the second-worst in Britain, behind Bradford.

Wolverhampton Council leader, Councillor Ian Brookfield, said: “It is no surprise to me to hear that our city has been ranked as the best place to live in the UK according to Provident’s survey.

"In the past Wolverhampton has sometimes unfairly been portrayed in a negative fashion – but I can tell you it has always been a welcoming, friendly, polite, safe, trusting and happy place to live, learn and work.

"It is these qualities and the fantastic spirit the people of our city possess that I am sure will help us get through this unprecedented period of uncertainty as we all rally together."

The survey was put together to showcase what areas have come together amid the current crisis.

Worcester, Newcastle, York and Liverpool completed the top five.


A spokesman for Provident said: "Communities are coming together to help each other more than ever.

"Wolverhampton has now been ranked the best place to live in the UK, scoring top marks for all categories in our study.

"The residents have lots to smile about this year, as the city has now been ranked the best place to live in the UK.

"The only bad thing is they're also now the worst place for gossip."

For a full breakdown, visit the Provident website.

Thomas Parkes

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