South East England Best UK Region to Make Living as Towns Take Five Top-10 Spots, With Crawley Number One

Apr 26th 2018

New research by TotallyMoney shows South East England to be the best place in the UK to earn a living. The research considers median monthly take-home salary, average monthly mortgage repayment, cost of living, unemployment levels, and job growth to rank 59 locations in order, from best place to earn a living to worst. South East England towns Crawley, Southampton, Reading, Oxford, and Slough take five spots in the top 10 — first, third, seventh, ninth, and tenth respectively. The research shows that Crawley workers’ salaries are similar to London workers. However, mortgage repayments and living expenses are much lower in Crawley, contributing heavily to its top ranking. East Midlands town Derby takes second position — the only East Midlands town to feature in the top 10. South West England also fares well, with Gloucester and Swindon taking fifth and eighth place. While London takes the top spot for take-home salary, more expensive house prices and a higher cost of living means it only ranks 39th among the locations overall.

Position

Town

1

Crawley

2

Derby

3

Southampton

4

Edinburgh

5

Gloucester

6

Milton Keynes

7

Reading

8

Swindon

9

Oxford

10

Slough

11

Leeds

12

York

13

Bristol

14

Luton

15

Wakefield

16

Warrington

17

Burnley

18

Glasgow

19

Telford

20

Preston

21

Newport

22

Blackpool

23

Mansfield

24

Kingston upon Hull

25

Dundee

26

Portsmouth

27

Peterborough

28

Stoke

29

Bournemouth

30

Newcastle

31

Cardiff

32

Aldershot

33

Northampton

34

Sunderland

35

Ipswich

The worst place to make a living… The east of England, on the other hand, surfaces as one of the worst places to earn a living in the UK, with three towns ranking in the bottom 10. Norwich, Basildon, and Southend take positions 51, 55, and 59 respectively. All three towns have some of the lowest salaries, with high monthly mortgage costs doing little to balance this out. TotallyMoney Head of Brand & Content, Joe Gardiner, said: “While many are drawn to bigger cities, such as London and Birmingham, in the hope of earning a decent living, our research shows they may not be the best overall option due to higher-than-average living costs. “We hope our research will prompt people to consider a wider range of areas when thinking about changing careers or moving home.”

Position

Town

36

Sheffield

37

Middlesbrough

38

London

39

Worthing

40

Chatham

41

Liverpool

42

Manchester

43

Coventry

44

Aberdeen

45

Birmingham

46

Nottingham

47

Bradford

48

Wigan

49

Cambridge

50

Norwich

51

Exeter

52

Leicester

53

Doncaster

54

Basildon

55

Huddersfield

56

Birkenhead

57

Brighton

58

Southend

59

Swansea

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