Edinburgh named as one of the best cities to live in UK

A study has named Edinburgh as one of the best cities to live in the UK.

The study of more than 2,000 UK residents was carried out on behalf of UNCLE by Censuswide and saw Scotland’s Capital rank 3rd in the UK for desirable places to stay.

The poll aimed to find the best places to live based on amenities and what those polled deemed to be important. London was perhaps unsurprisingly named as the more desirable city to live in based on amenities with York taking second spot.

Scotland’s Capital was 3rd with 14% of the overall vote.

View from Nelson Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Edinburgh has been named as one of the most desirable places to live.

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A number of desirable amenities was the reason for the Capital placing so high on the list, with the three most desirable amenities Brits would choose to live near being supermarkets (51%), green spaces (40%), and good schools (31%).

However, hospitality and shopping are also high on the list of priorities, with 22% of respondents wanting independent shops nearby, 20% wanting restaurants and 19% wanting traditional pubs.

Edinburgh residents polled in the study named supermarkets are the most important amenity, followed by green space, with 69% of Edinburgh residents polled voting Edinburgh as the top place to live.

Over a quarter of those polled in Belfast voted for Edinburgh as the most desirable place to live.

Caroline Rodin, Head of Marketing at UNCLE said: “Considering where you live, especially when looking to move to a new area, can be incredibly daunting for renters and buyers alike.

“As we think ahead to the future of renting, looking at what local amenities are available are a real priority. It is interesting to see that supermarkets are the most important for people to have access to, even with the increased focus on green spaces and well being during lockdown.

"Across the country, the practicalities of being close to the supermarket are an integral part in choosing your future home.”

“Edinburgh has been voted as one of the best cities to live in the UK, and with a wealth of amenities and activities on offer, it’s no surprise. The top ten cities remind us that a range of areas across the UK are continuing to boom in popularity, especially with more flexible work options becoming standard.”