England’s ‘worst places to live’ ranked in controversial poll – with southern town top

Aylesbury was voted the worst place to live in England after scoring over a quarter more votes than runner-up Huddersfield. More than 110,000 voted for their towns and cities

A tongue-in-cheek poll has released a tally of the worst places to live in England – as voted for by their residents.

The annual survey broke records for 2022, with 110,172 locals voting for their own communities and offering an insight on what it’s really like to live there.

This year the poll, compiled by iLivehere, found a new winner as Peterborough managed to drop to number five after “three glorious years of taking the crown”.

Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire instead took the top spot, after scoring 25 per cent more votes than runner-up Huddersfield.

Rotherham, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Rochdale, Doncaster and Keighley- all in the top six last year – all dropped out of the top ten.

But although Peterborough’s reign is over, residents still offered up some travel advice for anyone considering a visit.

They claimed: “It is customary if a stranger holds eye contact with you for more than three seconds, to shout “WHAT”??? and become extremely aggressive.”

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Discussing Aylesbury, locals said the traffic jams in the town are part of the “magnificent beauty” of the area and “all part of the tour”.

They said: “As you enter into Aylesbury, you find yourself in a traffic jam.

“Don’t worry, it’s all part of the tour. Being stuck in the traffic allows you to observe the magnificent beauty of all the ‘trashy citizens’ that live there.”

Huddersfield came in second place after scoring more votes than half the towns on the list.

One resident claimed: “Not all of Huddersfield is bad… just 70% of it.”

In third place on the list is Luton, with residents claiming their home is uneasy on the eye.

One wrote: “It makes Slough comparable to the playboy tax exile haven of Monaco.”

Another likened the town to the set of a well-known horror comedy flick: “I still avoid the town centre which looks like something from Shaun of the Dead.”

Climbing a massive 22 notches on the list and sliding into the top 10 at number six is Bolton – which pollsters called the “Mancunian dingleberry”.

One contributor admitted “there are much worse places in Britain”, but claimed the “seemingly endless rain” only strengthens “feeling of sadness […] and pointlessness of this place”.

Another made a quip about the town’s takeaway industry, claiming restaurants there have “reached the lofty heights of ONE star for hygiene”.

The only non-mover in this year’s list was Jaywick in Essex, an area described as making “even the worst parts of Blackpool seem like paradise”, according to voters.

One said: “There’s a reason why Ross Kemp visited what he dubbed as ‘Britain’s toughest seaside resort’.”

Satellite town Slough made its top 10 debut this year, coming in at number nine.

A poetry fan recalled the words of poet John Betjeman, who famously urged bombs to rain down on the town.

They wrote: “John Betjeman had the right idea. But not even in his wildest nightmares could he envisage the gold-plated, Currys Superstore-plagued, professional Ali G-bedevilled monster that Slough would become.”