Best places in Wales

August 29, 2018
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Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile. The city came top of the quality of life table in the UKThe South Wales Valleys are the worst place to live in Wales while Gwynedd is the best, according to new quality of life research.

Findings by price comparison firm uSwitch.com ranked areas on 26 factors including salaries, disposable incomes, food, fuel and energy bills and education standards.

Lifestyle factors like working hours, life expectancy, and hours of sunshine were also included.

Wales was broken up into 12 areas for the research and following Gwynedd in second place was Flintshire and Wrexham.

The “central valleys” – defined as Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf – were ranked bottom in Wales.

Newport ranked low

Behind Flintshire and Wrexham was Conwy and Denbighshire, Swansea, Anglesey, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, Powys, South West Wales, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot.

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Occupying the last few spots were Monmouthshire and Newport and the Gwent Valleys, with Rhondda and Merthyr propping up the table.

The strongest areas of difference between top-ranked Gwynedd and the bottom-placed Valleys were in education standards, life expectancy, and council tax.

Here's the list in full

1. Gwynedd

2. Flintshire and Wrexham

3. Conwy and Denbighshire

4. Swansea

5. Anglesey

6. Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan

7. Powys

8. South-west Wales

9. Bridgend and Neath and Port Talbot

10. Monmouthshire and Newport

11. Gwent Valleys

12. Central Valleys

Average life expectancy in Gwynedd is 82 compared to 79 in the Valleys£100 council tax difference

Up to 61% of pupils in Gwynedd achieved 5 A* to C grades, including English and Maths at GCSE, compared to 50% in Merthyr and Rhondda combined.

Average life expectancy in the North Wales county is 82 compared to 79 in the Valleys.

Band D council tax in Gwynedd was £1, 430 and an average of £1, 536 in Merthyr and Rhondda.

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Much of Snowdonia is in Gwynedd – making parts of the county a Mecca for tourists and outdoor activity enthusiasts.

Marginal employment contrast

Gwynedd council leader Dyfed Edwards said: “As a county Gwynedd has a wealth of attractions that build upon our natural resources and culture, from our stunning mountain ranges and beaches to exciting outdoor activity attractions, festivals and sporting events that local residents and visitors to the area enjoy every year.”

On other measures like employment and disposable income Gwynedd had only a marginal advantage over the Valleys – but these factors were given significant weight by the researchers in their overall quality of life judgement.

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The survey took in the whole of the UK, with Bradford, in West Yorkshire, ranked bottom and Scottish capital Edinburgh top.

And while Gwynedd was the highest ranked place here no part of Wales got anywhere near making the top 10 areas out of the 138 the UK was split into for the research.

Gwynedd was 45th in this list. Unfortunately Wales was represented in the worst 10 places to live in the UK – with the Valleys eighth in this list.

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Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said: “What this report reveals is the vast differences in the quality of life that many people across the UK are experiencing.

“The reality is that millions of British households are still facing huge financial pressures, with wages barely covering higher living costs.”

Source: www.walesonline.co.uk
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