How Healthy Is Your Home Town?

New research has named Bristol the healthiest place to live in the UK. With just two McDonald’s restaurants per 100,000 people, and 18 gyms, it’s the place to be if you want to stay on track with your fitness goals, according to the survey. SBO.net studied 31 towns and cities in the UK, assessing the number of sports facilities and fast food restaurants in each. Nottingham (with 23 gyms per 100,000 people), Edinburgh, Cardiff and Plymouth complete the top five, while Dudley (with just three gyms, but 10 McDonald’s), Walsall, Wakefield, Wigan and London (which, surprisingly, can boast just four gyms per 100,000 people) are on the naughty list.

The complete list, ranked from healthiest to unhealthiest, is as follows:

1. Bristol

2. Nottingham

3. Edinburgh

4. Cardiff

5. Plymouth

6. Swansea

7. Kingston-upon-Hull

8. Belfast

9. Bolton

10. Derby

11. Leicester

12. Sheffield

13. Newcastle-upon-Tyne

14. Manchester

15. Coventry

16. Glasgow

17. Liverpool

18. Sunderland

19. Stoke-on-Trent

20. Stockport

21. Doncaster

22. Leeds

23. Birmingham

24. Bradford

25. Rotherham

26. Wolverhampton

27. London

28. Wigan

29. Wakefield

30. Walsall

31. Dudley

Gyms and McDonald’s don’t necessarily rank highly on house buyers’ current hitlists, however. Rightmove.com users recently named the Isle of Skye the most desirable place to live in the UK, followed by Woolacombe in Devon, and Cornish locations including St Ives, Padstow and Newquay. No locations in London or the South East featured in the top 10 – it seems we do like to be beside the seaside, after all.

Or perhaps community spirit is more important to you? According to 4,000 people surveyed by Bisto, York is the friendliest place to live in the UK, followed by Hull, Belfast, Derby and Plymouth. Almost half of York’s residents claim they could call a neighbour for help if they lost a key, versus less than a third in Wolverhampton, named Britain’s least friendly location. Portsmouth, Preston, Milton Keynes and Nottingham made up the rest of the bottom five – are the residents of Nottingham too busy on those treadmills to get to know their neighbours, perhaps?

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