The best places to live in the UK according to the 2014 OECD report

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The 2014 OECD Regional Outlook report has revealed some very interesting data which suggests that the gap between the bet off regions and worst off areas has continued to grow since the economic collapse in 2008. This is true of the whole world and it is also seems to be reflected in figures for the UK. Let's take a look at the best places to live in the UK as well as looking at some of the worst performing regions.

In worldwide terms, the UK popped up at both ends of the spectrum with the South East and East of England among the top 20% of OECD regions for job availability and creation with an impressive score of 8.2 points out of 10. In contrast to that, the North East of England is on the opposite end of that scale popping up among the bottom 30% of OECD regions with a paltry 5.7 points out of 10.

When using education as a yardstick, the country as a whole excels with Greater London scoring highest with 8.4 out of 10 and a lowest score of 7.3 in Northern Ireland. If you value safety above all else then the UK makes for a pretty great place to live. The South East of England scored an incredible 9.8 out of 10 for safety while Greater London came in last for with a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is still quite impressive given the size of the population in the region.

In terms of income levels, the UK only comes in as an average country in worldwide terms for earning power. Greater London easily comes out top of the pops for income levels within the UK with a score of 7.8 out of 10. This places the region well ahead of the next nearest area, the South East of England, with a score of 6.6 out of 10.

Overall, when taking into account jobs, income, safety, services and health, the South East, South West and East of England are the 3 best places to live in the UK as they each score high in all areas. On the other end of the scale, the North East and North West of England scored as the worst places to live in the UK despite both scoring high on safety, education and accessibility to services.

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