A toast to Manchester: The best place to live in the UK

Earlier this month, Manchester was voted the best UK city to live in. Those of you who live here will understand why. But how does the city fare in front of a wider audience?

I thought I’d take a look at some of the accolades Manchester has received, in a mini celebration of the place we call home.


Best UK city to live in 

The 2015 Global Liveability Survey, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, considers 30 different factors including safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment. Manchester ranked highest in the UK at 46, with London coming in at 53. Number 1 was Melbourne Australia, but they have way more sunshine!


UK’s best sporting city

Manchester topped an ESPN study as the best sporting city. 5,000 people were asked to rate 48 cities and towns. 12 factors were taken in to consideration including value for money, success, atmosphere and transport links. With all the opportunities to get involved in sport, and events like the Great Manchester Run, it’s easy to see why. 


The best place to be a man!

Male lifestyle magazine ShortList, asked its readers to identify elements that influenced their choice of place to live. Priorities included the cost of living, proximity to bars and restaurants, exercise facilities, and access to the great outdoors. The answers were combined with statistics to find out which towns and cities in the UK best fitted the criteria; and Manchester came out on top.


The New York Times list: 52 places to go in 2015

Manchester was the only UK city mentioned on this list, which featured places including Singapore and Milan. The expanding cultural scene, and attractions such as Elizabeth Gaskell House and HOME, has thrown Manchester in to the limelight on the international stage. 


Museum of the Year

The Whitworth Art Gallery is one of Manchester’s most talked about attractions this year. Nominated for a plethora of awards; in June 2015 it was the deserving winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year


The world’s most beautiful libraries

BBC culture created a list of the 10 most beautiful libraries in the world. The John Rylands Library, considered to be one of the best examples of neo-gothic architecture in Europe, secured Manchester a worthy mention.


What do you think makes Manchester such a great place to live? Let me know in the comments below.

2 Comments On This Topic
  1. Rebecca
    6 years ago

    Lovely post, and of course I agree! 🙂 Manchester has its fingers in so many different pies and genuinely has something for everyone but on a much bigger scale. Music is massive here, sports are massive, we’re sooo multi-cultural, the arts scene is going from strength to strength, plus we’re not a million miles away from the countryside, what more could you need!

    • Becci Johnson
      6 years ago

      Absolutely. I can tell you love Manchester as much as I do Rebecca. It’s such an awesome city. Friendly too.

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