Top 10 best places to live in the UK

View across Edinburgh – voted the best place to live in the UK

The different regions of the UK offer hugely varied lifestyles, from vibrant cities and suburban hotspots to picture-perfect rural locations. But which UK locations are the best to live in? We reveal the top 10 best places to live in the UK, according to thousands of ratings from verified residents on HomeViews.

What are the rankings based on?

HomeViews gathers reviews of the UK’s new property developments, with residents rating every aspect of their property, including its location. We compiled location ratings from almost 29,000 residents of the UK’s new homes on HomeViews, to create this list of the best places to live in the UK.

See the top locations in the map below and scroll down to click through for more details on each area.

10 best places to live in the UK

Map showing UK regions with the highest resident ratings – click on the image for the interactive map on our homepage

1. City of Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

Topping the pile of the UK’s best places to live is the City of Edinburgh, with an impressive average location rating of 4.72 out of 5. The county of City Edinburgh is one of the most desirable places to live in Britain. It’s a county with a rich history and thriving culture, and it’s also the home of many prestigious universities.

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2. Worcestershire

Worcestershire

Taking second place is Worcestershire, with this rural county in the West Midlands drawing average location ratings of 4.67 out of 5. Worcestershire is a beautiful place with many great features that make it an attractive destination for home buyers. Worcestershire has everything from quaint villages to bustling cities, and you can find just about any type of school or university you are looking for. The population is large enough to provide all the amenities you want but small enough so as not to be overwhelming.

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3. Aberdeen

Aberdeen

With an average score of 4.63 out of 5, the City of Aberdeen is the second Scottish location in our top 3. Aberdeen is a city in the northeast of Scotland and has been an important port for centuries. It’s known as one of Europe’s energy capitals and boasts some beautiful scenery with many parks and green spaces to explore. The City of Aberdeen covers over 300 square miles, but only about 20% of this area is residential.

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4. Bristol

Bristol

Bristol scores an average location rating among HomeViews reviewers of 4.62 out of 5, and just misses out on a place in the top 3. Bristol is located in the South West of the UK but it has great transport links throughout the country. It also has an airport close to the centre. Combining city and countryside living Bristol is one of the most popular cities for Londoners looking to escape.

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5. Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester’s impressive 4.62 out of 5 location rating helps it to fifth place in our list of the best places to live in the UK. Manchester is the second largest urban area in England, and is often thought of as the UK’s second city. Located in the north west of England nestled between Liverpool and Leeds, Manchester is also reportedly the UK’s fastest growing city economically. The area’s 2.8 million residents are incredibly proud of their city – and rightly so.

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6. North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire ranks as the sixth best place to live in the UK, with an average score of 4.59 out of 5. North Yorkshire is one of the most beautiful counties in England. It has rolling hills, gorgeous countryside and stunning coastlines.

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7. Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire’s average location rating of 4.59 out of 5 is enough to see it into seventh place. Located in the East of England, Bedfordshire is a county known for its rural scenery and attractive market towns. A place where you can find some excellent schools and universities, as well as great entertainment facilities – like theatres and cinemas. The population currently stands at just over half a million residents who enjoy living in this thriving community!

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8. Merseyside

Merseyside

Merseyside makes eighth place in our top 10 places to live in the UK, with its average score of 4.58 out of 5. Merseyside is an area in the northwest of England, bordered by Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. Stretching across both banks of the Mersey River and centred around the bustling metropolis of Liverpool, Merseyside offers a huge range of living locations, from city-centre to semi-rural. Despite being a heavily populated and urbanised area, Merseyside does have some greenbelt areas spread throughout the county, especially in the Wirral and around Southport that offer country living right next door to the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the UK.

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9. Norfolk

Norfolk

The rural East of England county of Norfolk scores 4.58 out of 5, taking ninth place. Norfolk is a county in the East of England. The city of Norwich is the county town and largest settlement. Norfolk has a population of just under million inhabitants, making it one of the most populous counties in England’s Eastern region.

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10. Leicestershire

Leicestershire

Leicestershire ranks as the 10th best location in the UK according to verified residents on HomeViews, scoring an average location rating of 4.57 out of 5. Leicestershire is a county in the East Midlands region of England. It borders Northamptonshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Centred around Leicester, an important economic and cultural centre for the East Midlands, Leicestershire offers an enticing combination of countryside and metropolitan living. The county is also known as “The Garden of England,” due to its abundance of orchards and market gardens and is the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin and George Eliot.

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What is HomeViews?

New build developments in the UK’s best locations

Many of the UK’s best-rated locations have seen a wealth of new property development in recent years. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, if it’s stylish urban living or a more relaxed pace of life you’re after, there’s a property out there for you.

Our top-rated location of Edinburgh has a mix of city rental living at the highest-rated development, The McEwan, alongside thoughtfully designed suburban developments such as Persimmon Homes at Lang Loan. The diverse city of Bristol has a choice of trendy rental-only developments, such as top-of-the-class Box Makers Yard, while more rural settings, such as Worcestershire, offer a variety of larger suburban developments, perfect for families.

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Property prices in the UK’s best-rated locations

As of July 2022, the average price of a property in the UK is £292,000. Prices can vary widely, though, according to region.

In Edinburgh, the average price of a property for the 12 months to September 2022 was slightly above the national average, at £323,659. Second-placed Worcestershire averaged £296,591, while third-placed Aberdeen had an average property price of £197,738. The most expensive location in our list, Bristol, averages £372,027, while Aberdeen ranks as the cheapest.


Are you considering relocating to a different part of the UK? If you want to find out about any of the locations above, or any other UK location, read our comprehensive area guides. Click on the HomeViews homepage, select ‘Guides’ from the menu and choose which area you’d like to explore.


HomeViews provides verified resident reviews of the UK’s housing developments. We’re working with developers, house builders, operators, housing associations and the Government to recognise high performers and help improve standards in the built environment.

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