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Edinburgh named as the best place to live in 2015

Edinburgh named as the best place to live in 2015
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A new survey has backed up what most Edinburghers already know – Edinburgh is the best place to live in the UK. With the lowest crime rate, a high average salary and fast broadband speeds, the capital has beaten more than 130 other UK cities to the accolade.

A total of 26 different lifestyle factors were assessed for the report by USwitch including working hours, life expectancy, hours of sunshine, food and energy bills and disposable income.

The city was found to have the lowest reported crime rate in the UK, cheap energy bills, an average salary of £29,558, a disposable income average of £20,083 and super-fast broadband speeds of 23Mbs.

Edinburgh climbed a whopping 97 places from a previous report in 2013 to take the crown from Solihull in the West Midlands, which dropped to second place. Three other Scottish regions scored places in the top ten – South Lanarkshire coming in fifth, North Lanarkshire at eight and Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire in tenth place.

Earlier this year, Time Out’s City Living Survey also found that Edinburgh’s residents are the most financially comfortable compared with residents of Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester.

Make the most of living in the city with Time Out's guide to the best things to do in Edinburgh this week.