England’s ‘worst places to live’ ranked in controversial poll – with southern town top


Aylesbury was voted the worst place to live in England after scoring over a quarter more votes than runner-up Huddersfield. More than 110,000 Brits voted for their towns

Aylesbury was voted the worst place to live in England
Aylesbury was voted the worst place to live in England

A tongue-in-cheek poll has released a tally of the worst places to live in England – as voted for by their residents.

The annual survey broke records for 2022, with 110,172 locals voting for their own communities and offering a sniping insight on what it’s like to live there.

This year the poll, compiled by iLivehere, found a new winner as Peterborough managed to drop to number five after “three glorious years of taking the crown”.

Aylesbury instead took the top stop, after scoring 25 per cent more votes than runner-up Huddersfield.

Rotherham , Stoke-on-trent , Nottingham , Rochdale , Doncaster , Keighley who were in the top six last year all escaped the bottom of the pile.

But although Peterborough’s reign is over, residents still offered up some travel advice for anyone considering a visit.

They claimed of the city: “It is customary if a stranger holds eye contact with you for more than three seconds, to shout “WHAT”??? and become extremely aggressive.”

The top 10 “worst places” to live in England are:

  1. Aylesbury
  2. Huddersfield
  3. Luton
  4. Liverpool
  5. Peterborough
  6. Bolton
  7. Corby
  8. Jaywick
  9. Slough
  10. Bradford

Discussing Aylesbury, locals said the traffic jams in the town are part of the “magnificent beauty” of the area and “all part of the tour”.

They said: “As you enter into Aylesbury, you find yourself in a traffic jam.

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“Don’t worry, it’s all part of the tour. Being stuck in the traffic allows you to observe the magnificent beauty of all the ‘trashy citizens’ that live there.”

Huddersfield was voted the second worst place to live in England
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Huddersfield came in second place after scoring more votes than half the towns on the list.

One resident claimed: “Not all of Huddersfield is bad… just 70% of it.”

In third place on the list is Luton, with residents claiming their home is uneasy on the eye.

One wrote: “It makes Slough comparable to the playboy tax exile haven of Monaco.”

Luton came third on the controversial list
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Another likened the town to the set of a well-known horror comedy flick: “I still avoid the town centre which looks like something from Shaun of the Dead.”

Here is iLiveHere’s full list:

50. Southampton

49. Staines

48. Plymouth

47. Rotherham

46. Doncaster

45. Swanley

44. Middlesborough

43. Chichester

42. Boston

41. Barnsley

40. Paignton

39. Axminster

38. Leeds

37. Aldershot

36. Sunderland

35. High Wycombe

34. Coventry

33. Torquay

32. Leicester

31. Swindon

30. Andover

29. Stoke-on-Trent

28. Accrington

27. Walsall

26. Walsall

25. Burnley

24. Hull

23. Abingdon

22. Barking and Dagenham

21. Portsmouth

20. Chatham

19. Dover

18. Grimsby

17. Croydon

16. Rochdale

15. Blackburn

14. Blackpool

13. Oldham

12. Canterbury

11. Didcot

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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