Middlesbrough officially worst place to live
The stats are pretty damning:
One of the highest crime rates in the UK
One of the top 10 places in the UK for theft from a car, theft of a car and burglary
Average annual salary of £16,998 compared UK average of £23,580
27% of adults binge-drink (against the 18% England national average)
Just 16% of the adult population eat healthily
Only 10% are physically active
In second place this year is Hull, followed by Newham in East London. This reminds us of the hilarious book "Crap Towns: The 50 worst places to live in the UK", which revealed a while back that the worst place to live was in fact Luton.
A quick search on The Idler, the genii behind Crap Towns, did reveal that Middlesbrough also fairs pretty badly in their ratings: "Not strictly a town, but it is undisputed armpit of the nation. Main toursit attraction? A transport bridge. Poisonous industrial fumes drift down one dismal, windy road. Outsiders will be lucky to leave unbruised."
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