Where is the best place to live in Britain if you are a woman?

East Dunbartonshire
East Dunbartonshire
East Dunbartonshire has been announced as the best place to live in Britain for women, by research from BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Research was conducted by The National Centre for Social Research, who analysed a number of issues, including the gender pay gap to determine which area would come out on top.

The analysis divided women into three groups by their age: those under 30; 30 to 65; and over 65s.

The Scottish local authority, East Dunbartonshire, which borders Glasgow, rated the highest out of 380 local authorities, whilst Islington in north London was rated the worst.

East Dunbartonshire ranked highly in several areas, including happiness and access to green-spaces. The council area was also high scoring on general wellbeing and living.

An average full-time salary for a woman in East Dunbartonshire was £15.07 per hour, 46th overall in Britain.

It also ranked 192nd for housing affordability with the average property costing 7.5 times the area’s average salary.

Woman’s Hour used data from sources including the Office for National statistics’ 2016 Annual Population Survey and the 2011 Census covering England, Wales and Scotland but not Northern Ireland.

Those that ranked low for women include Blackpool, Camden, Westminster and Corby in the East Midlands.

Winchester, Shropshire, West and South Oxfordshire all ranked highly in the Woman’s Hour study for wellbeing, environment and safety.

Islington ranked the worst due to being one of the least affordable places to buy a house, with the median house price 16 times the median income.

Female residents in Islington also reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction and happiness, ranking 379th out of 80 for feelings that their life is worthwhile.

East Dunbartonshire also came out on top in a 2007 Readers Digest Poll, being voted the best place to raise a family in the UK, due to ‘safe streets, strong schools and thriving towns’.

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