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Where is the best place to live in the UK for young people?

4th October 2013

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A new survey has shed light on the best places to live in the UK between the ages of 18 and 30 – and the city that has come out on top is Cardiff.

In the Welsh capital, where the average wage is £21,585, 70% of those surveyed ‘love’ their current job.

It’s interesting to note than few big cities have made it onto the list – student hubs such as Manchester and Birmingham are absent.

Surprisingly or not, London is quite far down the list, in 15th place – it has the best average wages (£27,560) but its high rents, living costs and crime rates push it down the table.

In contrast to the blatant truth that no one in their twenties in the capital is getting on the property ladder anytime soon, our friends in Leeds are much more likely to call themselves homeowners – an impressive 35% own their own property.

Liverpool, in contrast, was the worst for this – only 17% of young people living in the city are homeowners.

Edinburgh rated top for culture and entertainment as well as job opportunities, whilst those in Newcastle are the most likely to save money and those in Leicester have the best work-life balance.

The survey, of 2,000 18-to­-30-year-olds living 20 UK cities, investigated factors such as job satisfaction, opportunities and wages, environment, rent prices and work-life balance.

The ten top places to live in the UK are:

  1. Cardiff
  2. Coventry
  3. Newcastle
  4. Liverpool
  5. Edinburgh
  6. Leicester
  7. Brighton
  8. Bristol
  9. Belfast
  10. Leeds
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