England’s top 50 ‘worst places to live’ ranked in controversial poll

The top 50 worst places to live in the UK

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, received 25% more votes than the runner-up in the survey, which highlighted the “50 worst places to live in England”. More than 110,000 voted in the poll which also shamed the likes of Huddersfield, Luton and Liverpool.

Those who voted for Aylesbury said it is unsightly and has trouble with traffic and crime.

One contributor wrote: “If you’re a middle to upper class family or individual looking to move to Aylesbury, then ensure you employ four full-time security guards and a dog and some barbed wire around your house.

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

And a third posted: “The people are loud, obnoxious and dumb.”

If you’re a middle to upper class family or individual looking to move to Aylesbury, then ensure you employ four full-time security guards and a dog and some barbed wire around your house

An Aylesbury resident

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, topped the rankings, compiled by iLivehere, last year.

This time it dropped to fifth on the list – beaten by the Buckinghamshire county town, as well as Huddersfield, Luton and Liverpool.

Huddersfield was branded the “traffic light centre of England” in the latest survey.

People suggested it suffers from crime issues and a struggling high street.

“Huddersfield should be avoided by all those who desire to keep their wallets, mobile phones and most of all their sense of smell,” reads one contributor’s comment.

“There’s nothing but pound shops and a few coffee shops. It’s polluted, unclean and full of idiots. It’s a horrible place to live,” another post read.

Luton, Bedfordshire, was called an “absolute hole” in the poll.

The iLivehere website reads: “I kid you not, I saw a police raid on a house using a battering ram to bash down the door to a drug den. I wouldn’t mind but this was just before 8am in the morning. You can imagine what it was like walking home at night.

“As summed up by someone at work who was visiting from the Prague office, ‘I didn’t know what to expect from Luton. I was a little concerned because most friends I spoke with described it as England’s toilet'”.

Contributors agreed, describing Luton as ugly and unsafe.

One person said: “I still avoid the town centre which looks like something from Shaun of the Dead.”

Another posted: “The town itself is not easy on the eye, it makes Slough comparable to the playboy tax exile haven of Monaco.”

Full list of England’s ‘worst places to live’

  • 50. Southampton
  • 49. Staines
  • 48. Plymouth
  • 47. Rotherham
  • 46. Doncaster
  • 45. Swanley
  • 44. Middlesbrough
  • 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. Ipswich
  • 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
  • 10. Bradford
  • 9. Slough
  • 8. Jaywick
  • 7. Corby
  • 6. Bolton
  • 5. Peterborough
  • 4. Liverpool
  • 3. Luton
  • 2. Huddersfield
  • 1. Aylesbury

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