Most desirable postcodes in the UK: Bebington, in Wirral, named as 'most desirable' place to live and work in England

Study looked at green spaces, employment prospects and affordable houses

James Rush
Wednesday 25 March 2015 10:33
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Bebington, in Wirral, has been named as the most desirable postcode to live and work in Britain
Bebington, in Wirral, has been named as the most desirable postcode to live and work in Britain

While the demand for houses in London shows no sign of slowing, towns in the North have dominated a recent study to find the most desirable place to live and work in the country.

The study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, commissioned by the Royal Mail, found Bebington, in Wirral, to be the most desirable postcode in England.

Neilston, in East Renfrewshire, came out on top in Scotland, while Morriston, in Swansea, was named as the most desirable place to live and work in Wales.

The survey looked at a range of factors including access to green spaces, employment prospects, affordable housing and schools to calculate which postcodes in the UK were the most desirable.

Towns in the North West dominated the list of locations in England, with seven postcodes in Wirral, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside all receiving a name-check.

The highest placed southern area was Kesgrave, in Ispwich, while Dorchester, in West Dorset, was named as the sixth most desirable place to live in England.

According to the report, residents in Bebington 'enjoy the ideal balance' of high employment, good schools and living close to their place of work.

In Scotland, outer city suburbs featured heavily, which Royal Mail put down to the 'affordable cost of living, lower levels of crime and better schools'.

The top ten areas in Wales however were situated across the country – from outer city suburbs to seaside towns.

Craigavon, in County Armagh, was named the most desirable place to live in Northern Ireland.

Most desirable postcodes in England

According to the report, Bebington residents 'enjoy the ideal balance' of high employment, good schools and living close to their work' (Rept0n1x/Geograph)

1. CH63 – Bebington, Wirral

2. IP5 – Kesgrave, Ipswich

3. LA15 – Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria

4. NR8 – Taverham, Norfolk

5. FY6 – Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire

6. DT1 – Dorchester, West Dorset

7. WA1 – Warrington, Cheshire

8. CH62 – Eastham, Wirral

9. CH45 – Wallasey, Merseyside

10. LA13 – Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Most desirable postcodes in Scotland

A view of Neilston village, with Glasgow in the distance (wfmillar/Geograph)

1. G78 – Neilston, East Renfrewshire

2. G64 – Torrance, East Dunbartonshire

3. G66 – Lenzie/Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

4. G62 – Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire

5. G76 – Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire

6. G61 – Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire

7. G46 – Giffnock, East Renfrewshire

8. EH5 – Granton, Edinburgh

9. EH7 – Edinburgh central/Bellevue

10. EH11 – Edinburgh

Most desirable postcodes in Wales

Morriston, Swansea, has been named as the most desirable place to live in Wales (John Lord/Geograph)

1. SA6 – Morriston, Swansea

2. SA7 – Birchgrove, Swansea

3. CF64 – Penarth

4. SA61 – Haverfordwest

5. SA4 – Gorseinon, Swansea

6. LL55 – Caernarfon, Gwynedd

7. SA9 – Ystradgynlais, Swansea

8. SA31 – Carmarthen

9. CF24 – Roath, Cardiff

10. LL11 – Wrexham

Most desirable postcodes in Northern Ireland

Craigavon, in County Armagh, was named as the most desirable place to live in Northern Ireland (Kenneth Allen/Geograph)

1. BT64 – Craigavon, County Armagh

2. BT10 – Finaghy, Belfast

3. BT66 – Lurgan, County Armagh

4. BT16 – Dundonald, Belfast

5. BT38 – Carrickfergus, County Antrim

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