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Deciding where to live can be a really difficult decision. Finding a place to live doesn't just mean finding a house, but also looking at house prices, transport links, area and whether it's a good place to raise a family.

But whether you're looking to move house or want to see how your home town compares to the rest of the country, we've rounded up some of the biggest studies that show where are the best and worst places to live in the UK.

This comprehensive list factors in things like quality of life, house prices, crime rates and even the amount of sunshine.

Does your town make the list? Read the list below to find out...

ONS statistics, happiest places to live in 2016

It's good news for anyone in the Outer Hebrides, but bad new for anyone from East Northamptonshire.

According to new figures from the Office of National Statistics, the islands off the north coast of Scotland are the happiest place to live in the UK.

Top 5 happiest places in the UK

  • Outer Hebrides
  • Mid & East Antrim Fenland
  • Newark & Sherwood
  • Purbeck
  • Wolverhampton & Greenwich
  • Orkney Islands


  • Top 5 unhappiest places in the UK

  • East Northamptonshire
  • Fenland
  • Burnley
  • Liverpool, Corby, Wolverhampton & Greenwich
  • Worthing


  • The Sunday Times best place to live, 2016

    The Sunday Times named Winchester as 2016's best place to live in Britain. The newspaper described it as 'a historic, cultured, foodie hub with fine period architecture and a decent selection of independent stores'. It also praised Winchester for its small population, the quality schools, frequent festivals and selection of independent restaurants. It's also less than an hour by train to London's Waterloo.

    The Sunday Times also shared their list of regional winners, ranging from Falmouth in the South West to Stockbridge in Scotland.

    The best places to live in Britain 2016

    • East: Orford in Suffolk
    • London: Fitzrovia
    • Midlands: Ledbury in Herefordshire
    • North East: Harrogate in North Yorkshire
    •  Northern Ireland: Ballycastle in County Antrim
    • North West: Whalley in Lancashire
    • Scotland: Stockbridge in Edinburgh
    • South East: Midhurst in West Sussex
    • South West: Falmouth in Cornwall
    • Wales: Penarth in Vale of Glamorgan



    Winchester Cathedral is just one of the attractions that won the city the highest honour

    ONS survey on the happiest places in the UK, 2016

    Research from ONS shows that the largest proportion of happy people in the UK live in the Western Isles of Scotland.

    The data collected looked at responses from over 300,000 participants, who on average rate themselves a 7 or 8 for happiness (out of a score of 10).
    Those living in Western Isles, however, were more likely to rate themselves a 9 or a 10. Scotland was a high scorer throughout the list, with Orkney and the Highlands coming in second and third, respectively.

    We'd imagine stunning views like this contributed to the happiness in the Western Isles of Scotland!

    It was bad news below the border though, as the areas with the least happy participants of all were Liverpool and Wolverhampton. London boroughs Islington and Hackney were also on the least happy list.

     

    The 10 happiest places in the UK 2016

  • Western Isles
  • Orkney
  • Highlands
  • Shetland
  • Eastern Cheshire
  • South West Lincolnshire
  • North East Hampshire and Farnham
  • West Hampshire
  • South Norfolk
  • Surrey Downs


  • The 10 least happy places in the UK 2016

  • Liverpool
  • Wolverhampton
  • North Manchester
  • Corby
  • Bradford City
  • Islington
  • Hackney
  • Knowsley
  • St Helens
  • Oldham


  • uSwitch 'quality of life index', 2015

    Energy comparison site uSwitch compared factors including average salary, crime rate and hours of sunshine, to determine the worst place to live in Britain, and Bradford in West Yorkshire came out on top. The city, which has a population of 1.5 million, was 'let down by low disposable income, low employment, high rent and crowded schools'. Other areas on the worst list included Blackpool, Devon and South Teeside. Cartwright Hall in Bradford, which has been voted the worst place to live in the UK


    Cartwright Hall in Bradford, which has been voted the worst place to live in the UK
    On the other end of the scale, those that lived in Scotland were heartened to hear that Edinburgh topped the list of best places in 2015, after being found to have the lowest crime rate and surprisingly affordable living costs for a capital city.

    Edinburgh was voted the best place to live

    The best 10 places to live in the UK 2015

  • Edinburgh
  • Solihull
  • Hertfordshire
  • Northumberland
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Berkshire
  • Darlington
  • North Lanarkshire
  • York
  • Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire


  • The worst 10 places to live in the UK 2015

  • Bradford
  • Kingston Upon Hull
  • North of Northern Ireland
  • Western Isles
  • West and South of Northern Ireland
  • Blackpool
  • Devon
  • Central Valleys
  • East of Northern Ireland
  • South Teesside


  • Rightmove survey on the happiest places to live in 2015

    Last year, a survey from property website Rightmove revealed that Harrogate was the happiest place to live in the whole of Britain - for the third year running.

    The research, which took into account more than 24,000 responses from members of the public about their contentment with their home and local community, considering factors like space, area upkeeep, community and amenities, said that the Yorkshire spa town scored highly thanks to its high levels of safety, neighbourliness and plenty of opportunities for recreation. The spa town of Harrogate came top of the list for the third year in a row.

    The 10 happiest places to live in Britain 2015

  • Harrogate
  • Shrewsbury
  • Ipswich
  • York
  • Chester
  • Inverness
  • Llandindod Wells
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Watford
  • Blackpool


  • However, Rightmove also tallied up the least happy areas too, and the London borough of Barking and Dagenham was voted as the worst, with 9 out of 10 of the bottom places being in the capital.

    The 10 least happy places to live in Britain 2015

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Hounslow
  • Brent
  • Harrow
  • Newham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Greenwich
  • Luton
  • Hillingdon
  • Haringey


  • Halifax survey: The top 50 places to live in 2015


    The survey by Halifax has named the places with the best quality of life in the UK, looking at indicators like good health, weather and low crime rates.

    The district of Hart, in Hampshire, has received the crown for the best place to live in the UK for the fifth consecutive year. The winner is said to be the healthiest district in the UK, with over 97% of residents saying they're in good health. It also has a high employment rate, and residents make an average of £865 in full-time gross weekly earnings, which is 37% above the national average of £630. Healthy habits are also taken into account in the survey

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    Top 50 places to live in the UK

  • Hart, South East
  • South Oxfordshire, South East
  • Chiltern, South East
  • Winchester, South East
  • Rutland, East Midlands
  • Waverley, South East
  • Mole Valley, South East
  • Guildford, South East
  • South Cambridgeshire, East of England
  • Rushcliffe, East Midlands
  • Wokingham, South East
  • East Cambridgeshire, East of England
  • St Albans, East of England
  • South Northamptonshire, East Midlands
  • Horsham, South East
  • Mid Sussex, South East
  • St Edmundsbury, East of England
  • Eastleigh, South East
  • Epsom and Ewell, South East
  • Surrey Heath, South East
  • Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands
  • Richmond upon Thames, London
  • Uttlesford, East of England
  • Vale of White Horse, South East
  • Chelmsford, East of England
  • Sevenoaks, South East
  • Tunbridge, Wells South East
  • South Bucks, South East
  • Tonbridge and Malling, South East
  • North Kesteven, East Midlands
  • New Forest, South East
  • Chichester, South East
  • East Hampshire, South East
  • West Dorset, South West
  • Hambleton, Yorkshire and The Humber
  • West Oxfordshire, South East
  • East Dorset, South West
  • North Dorset, South West
  • Harborough, East Midlands
  • Warwick, West Midlands
  • West Berkshire, South East
  • Wychavon, West Midlands
  • Windsor and Maidenhead, South East
  • Blaby, East Midlands
  • Mid Suffolk, East of England
  • South Norfolk, East of England
  • Basingstoke and Deane, South East
  • Wealden, South East
  • Test Valley, South East
  • East Hertfordshire, East of England
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