If you are planning to migrate in UK, apply for a job, or just go in for a vacation here are the best cities in Britain that you might want to put on your check list. This list is based according to MoneySuperMarket’s first ever Quality of Living Index which studied the 12 largest cities in Britain and assessed them based on several factors, including salary levels, unemployment rates and life satisfaction. National data were gathered from different sources and made their calculations based on those figures.

From Bristol topping up, down to Bradford, here are 12 best cities to live and work and UK.


1. Bristol

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Bristol City topped the list for the best place to live in Britain. It is UK’s eighth most populous city and is packed with fantastic restaurants, bars, theatres and museums, with each area having its own distinctive feel. Bristol also provide decent salaries with an average employee salary of £22,293 (above the UK average of £21,473) and the third highest out of the 12 largest UK cities. It also has the highest disposable income growth and one of the lowest UK unemployment rates at 8%.


2. Edinburgh

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Edinburgh had the second highest salary and the second lowest unemployment rate among the list. The Scottish capital also has the highest percentage of professionals in the UK with 43% of the population holding a degree-level or professional qualification. According to the Centre for International Competitiveness, it is the most competitive large city in the United Kingdom. The cost of living in Edinburgh is also low at an average £372.10 a week compared to the UK average of £401.10.


3. Cardiff


The capital and largest city in Wales had one of the highest quality of living in Britain. Cardiff is the country’s chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, industry has played a major part in Cardiff’s development for many centuries.


4. Liverpool


The city made into the top cities in the UK based on factors, such as salary and rental prices. The economy of Liverpool is one of the largest within the United Kingdom which comes from tourism and leisure sectors. Liverpool is the 6th most visited city in the UK and one of the 100 most visited cities in the world.


5. Leeds


The third largest city in UK scored highly on life satisfaction but not as well on salary rates. Way back then, Leeds put out nearly half of the exports of the UK and the city’s economic importance continues today with it being the largest financial, business and legal centre outside of London.


6. Manchester


Manchester was Europe’s most affordable city and had one of the highest rates of disposable income growths. With lower unemployment rate than other larger cities in the country, Greater Manchester is also home to more multi-millionaires than anywhere outside London.


7. London


London’s largest industry is finance and one of the pre-eminent financial centres of the world. It is also a popular centre for tourism which attracts over 14 million international visitors per year, making it Europe’s most visited city. But despite of being a cultural hub, London did not fare as well due to high rental rates.


8. Belfast


The Northern Irish city’s economy is dominated by hi-tech, service sector companies, many of who work on a global basis. Belfast is ranked as the UK’s second most attractive city (after London) for foreign direct investment, particularly in the technology and financial services sectors. Belfast maintains the most competitive rental rates in the UK and had the second-lowest rent rate out of all the cities.


9. Glasgow

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Glasgow has the largest economy in Scotland with the third highest GDP Per capita of any city in the UK (after London and Edinburgh). The city itself sustains more than 410,000 jobs in over 12,000 companies which main manufacturing industries came from shipbuilding, engineering, construction, brewing and distilling, tobacco trade, printing and publishing, chemicals and textiles as well as newer growth sectors such as optoelectronics, software development and biotechnology. Out of all the cities the Scottish city had the lowest mortgage rates.


10. Birmingham


Birmingham grew to prominence as a manufacturing and engineering centre, but its economy today is dominated by the service sector. It is the largest centre in Great Britain for employment in public administration, education and health, though the city came close to the bottom of the list due to its high rates of unemployment.


11. Sheffield


The “UK Cities Monitor 2008” placed Sheffield among the top ten “best cities to locate a business today”, the city occupying third and fourth places respectively for best office location and best new call center location. The city had a zero percent change in house prices and one of the highest rates of life satisfaction. Surveys also reveal that it is voted the friendliest and safest city in the UK


12. Bradford


Bradford is home to several major companies, notably in finance, textiles, chemicals, electronics, engineering, and manufacturing, making it’s economy worth around 8.3 billion and expected to grow to more than 9 billion by 2016. Somehow this city was at the bottom of the list having unemployment rates exceeding 25%. Many people also think Bradford is Britain’s most dangerous city.

Source: moneysupermarket | independent