Don’t trust this ranking at all

So the Telegraph decides to rank all the places in the country in rank of how nice a place they are to live in.

And, umm, hmm. Twerton worse than central Bath? Sure.

South Stoke, North Stoke, better than central Bath?

Nope.

Needs work.

13 comments on “Don’t trust this ranking at all

  1. If it’s city living you want, either the top two places are Edinburgh and Oxford, or you are wrong.

  2. I noticed Reading in the top 10. Really! I spent 3 years there at university, and couldn’t wait to get out. Reading’s best feature is its road and rail connections. Leaving was very easy.

  3. dearieme – Oxford, really? To quote someone else on a recent thread, “Oxford is a pretty large town with a university in it. Most of Oxford is a dump, verging in places towards a slum.”

    It’s fine as a university city, but there’s not much going for it if you aren’t either taught or employed at the universities.

  4. It’s not actually that useful because of the large area each sub-region covers.

    Ie, if I look at where I am, I have to look at the where the region extends into elsewhere to understand why it scores.

    Anyone (eg, trying to assess an area) looking at it to judge a specific road / group of roads will not necessarily learn anything.

  5. It’s fine as a university city, but there’s not much going for it if you aren’t either taught or employed at the universities.

    Or on a 6-figure salary as a director of Oxfam.

  6. THe home ownership issue – it’s not comparing with other countries, just within the UK.

    And purely within the UK, rates of home ownership probably are correlated, to some extent, with the relative desirability of an area?

  7. As a piece of socio/economic research… garbage.

    As a piece of clickbait to get the punters arguing… priceless!

  8. Whilst my current location seemingly trails the desirability of our previous residence in South London, I suspect the Telegraph discounts that area’s predilection for hand guns and willingness to behead a neighbour.

  9. PF,
    “And purely within the UK, rates of home ownership probably are correlated, to some extent, with the relative desirability of an area?”

    Not sure that follows. Central London is the most expensive, whether to buy or rent, so it must be the most desirable. People are prepared to pay more to live there than anywhere else, apart from maybe Oxford (or, to indulge our host, Royal Crescent).

    But despite the fact that Central London is demonstrably the most desirable place to live, it has low rates of home ownership.

  10. These Re desirable places to live if you already own property there. If you don’t and cannot afford to buy, I expect they aren’t particularly desirable.

  11. I used to live in Bath and Oxford and given the choice I would so much rather live in Oxford. Of course this depends on what one wants (I prefer flat roads and ease of cycling over bath stone, which I guess was only used near to where it was found because it is not very attractive)

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