The UK’s Most Stressful Places to Live

Jul 10th 2017

Feeling some additional pressure recently? You might just be a product of your environment. We've looked at 16 stress-inducing factors across the country - such as finances, commute time, job opportunities and crime rates – to find the least and most-stressed towns and cities in the UK: www.totallymoney.com/most-stressed-cities-uk/ The interactive page includes stats and insights for each town and city. In addition to this please find some key points below:

  • London ranks as the UK’s most stressed city. A result of the longest average commute times from the UK’s most expensive homes to jobs which require the most overtime;
  • Doncaster is the least stressed place in the country, thanks to an enormous sense of wellbeing. In addition to this, Doncaster has the highest job growth, the third lowest cost of living and comparatively affordable housing;
  • Dundee is Scotland’s most stressed city, and the 4th most stressed in Britain. With the second lowest average credit edibility scores, Dundee is also the UK’s fifth highest-ranking city for unemployment benefits claimants;
  • With 0% job growth and the third lowest average credit eligibility scores Newport ranks as Wales’s most stressed city and 12th in the UK, ahead of Swansea (29th) and Cardiff (46th);
  • Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city also ranks as the second most stressed.  With job growth of just 0.2% and some of the highest unemployment levels, those who can find work should expect to put in an average of 9 hours overtime per week.

Joe Gardiner, Head of Brand and Communications at TotallyMoney.com, said of the findings: "Poor access to credit and financial troubles are a big contributor when it comes to stress. "We hope this research will help shine a light on the areas in which people can take control and  reduce their stress levels." Here are the full rankings from the research, showing the most to least-stressed places to live in the UK:

Rank

City

Rank

City

Rank

City

Rank

City

1st

London

14th

Coventry

27th

Leeds

40th

Portsmouth

2nd

Birmingham

15th

Glasgow

28th

Blackburn

41st

Telford

3rd

Ipswich

16th

Aberdeen

29th

Swansea

42nd

Bristol

4th

Dundee

17th

Bolton

30th

Northampton

43rd

Warrington

5th

Worthing

18th

Cambridge

31st

Bournemouth

44th

Reading

6th

Manchester

19th

Brighton

32nd

Southampton

45th

Swindon

7th

Liverpool

20th

Edinburgh

33rd

Gloucester

46th

Cardiff

8th

Newcastle

21st

Preston

34th

Bradford

47th

Leicester

9th

Luton

22nd

Stoke

35th

Peterborough

48th

Wigan

10th

Slough

23rd

Plymouth

36th

Exeter

49th

Milton Keynes

11th

Sunderland

24th

Norwich

37th

Burnley

50th

Oxford

12th

Newport

25th

Sheffield

38th

Crawley

51st

York

13th

Derby

26th

Middlesbrough

39th

Nottingham

52nd

Doncaster

To compile this data TotallyMoney.com used the following sources: Job Market (weighting: 20%)

Commute (weighting: 20%)

Finances (weighting: 20%)

  • Average house price: Zoopla
  • Cost of living index: Numbeo data (made up of: average meal for two/average monthly travel/average fitness club membership/average cinema ticket)
  • Credit Eligibility Score: TotallyMoney.com eligibility scores of over 300k UK residents

Wellbeing (weighting: 20%)

  • Worthwhile: ONS
  • Anxiety: ONS
  • Happiness: ONS

Demographics (weighting: 20%)

  • Population density: ONS
  • Crime: CrimeRates About TotallyMoney

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