Home sweet home. Most of us have a soft spot for where we were born and raised, but our hometowns aren’t always looked upon so favourably by others.
And this is where ilivehere.co.uk’s controversial annual rankings of English towns comes into play.
The website publishes a list every year, which stirs some pretty passionate responses from almost everyone who stumbles across it or seeks it out.
More than 125,000 people engaged with this year’s survey to find out the worst place to live in England, but first of all, a bit of good news for those towns that managed to move down the list in 2020.
- Rotherham: Down 29 places to 34
- Stoke-on-trent: Down 26 places to 35
- Nottingham: Down 21 places to 27
- Rochdale: Down 19 places to 23
- Doncaster: Down 9 places to 11
- Keighley: Down 5 places to 12
However, if you’re from Peterborough, the list doesn’t make for such pleasant reading.
That’s because the town has retained it’s title for the third year in a row, in unanimous, emphatic fashion.
Writing about the Cambridgeshire town’s triumph, ilivehere wrote, “Retaining its crown as cherry on top of the sh#t cake and equalling a feat only achieved previously by the dystopian leviathan of Hull, Peterborough has topped the chart for 3 years in a row. Last year it won by the smallest of margins, this year it trounced all opposition, winning by thousands of votes despite having 2,000+ votes deducted because of vote rigging (c’mon now, who takes this tongue-in-cheek poll that seriously?!?). This Cambridgeshire **** town had a staggering number of votes daily from when the poll opened, nearly cashing the site at one point.”
The list in full is as follows:
- Newton Abbot
- Stoke on trent
- Barking & Dagenham
Does your town make the list?