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Revealed: these are officially the friendliest cities in the UK

Leeds, Bradford and York all made the top ten. Good on ya, Yorkshire

Written by
Ellie Muir

What’s the nicest thing a neighbour has done for you? Spared some milk? Fed your cat when you went away? Or, crucially, signed for a parcel while you were out?

Whether you bashed metal pans with one another every Wednesday during lockdown or not, it’s fair to say the pandemic brought a lot of us together. But some cities obviously have better vibes than others. A new study from delivery company Evri has revealed the friendliest places in the country, and it turns out Yorkshire is the place to be. YorkLeeds and Bradford all made the top ten.

To come up with the ranking, researchers looked at the number of ‘deliver to a neighbour’ parcel requests made by residents across each UK city, and compared this with the total number parcels delivered to find out the places where you’d be most likely to receive a favour from a neighbour. 

And so where came top, beating out all the rest? That would be the City of London, which, let’s face it, is a ‘city’ only at a stretch. If you look past all the grim skyscrapers and empty homes, this borough was apparently the place where you can count on your neighbour to help you out the most. Whoever said London was rude?

The other places on the list are much more conventional ‘cities’. Here are the ten friendliest in the UK, according to the report:

  1. City of London
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Southampton
  4. York
  5. Cardiff
  6. Edinburgh
  7. Wolverhampton
  8. Leeds
  9. Bradford
  10. Derry

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