It’s easy to think that large cities, such as London and Birmingham, offer the best opportunities when it comes to making a living — and to some extent, this is true.
However, when you consider other lifestyle factors, this isn’t always the case. Our research shows that living in some of the UK’s smaller towns and cities could mean you have more in your pocket overall.
By looking at median monthly take-home salary, average monthly mortgage repayment, cost of living, unemployment levels, and job growth, we’ve ranked 59 UK towns in order, from best place to earn a living to worst.
Look at our interactive table to see how the towns and cities ranked.
Best performing locations
South East England surfaces as one of the best locations to make a living, with five towns featuring in the top 10.
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The research, however, shows Brighton as the worst place to make a living in the south east of England. This is largely due to low-level earnings and high mortgage payments.
|South East Scores|
Worst performing locations
The east of England is shown to be one of the worst locations to make a living, with three towns ranking in the bottom 10.
If your heart is really set on the east of England, Milton Keynes and Luton could be better options if you want to make your pockets bulge, with the towns scoring 6th and 14th respectively.
|East England Scores|
Check our interactive table to see how your town scores.