The annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide has named Liverpool the Best Place to Live in the Northwest.
The Sunday Times judging panel looked at a range of factors, from schools to transport, broadband speeds to culture, as well as access to green spaces and the health of the high street, as they visited all the towns and cities on their shortlist.
The city was named as the regional winner for Waterloo and Toxteth.
The judges praised Liverpool for its booming science and tech scene, new football stadium rising from the docks and the neighbouring Ten Streets area that is emerging as a creative district, as well as its community spirit, watersports, boot camps on the beach, independent shops, and quirky places to eat and drink.
The judges commented:
“There are lots of reasons to be optimistic about Liverpool — not just Eurovision, but also the booming reputation for science and tech and grand projects such as the new Everton Stadium and new film studios. Good-value houses are the big attraction – this is one great city where you can buy a house without breaking the bank – but you also get a lively city centre and beautiful beaches close at hand. Our top districts in the city this year are both affordable: Waterloo for seaside, sunsets and independent shops, and Toxteth for its cultural and community vibe.”
Helen Davies, the editor of Best Places to Live 2023, said:
“When times are tough, where we live matters more than ever. Attractive surroundings, good neighbours and a comfortable home are the best defences when the stresses of modern life seem overwhelming.”
Previous winners of the Best Places to Live in Britain title are: Stamford, Lincolnshire (2013); Skipton, North Yorkshire (2014); Newnham, Cambridge (2015); Winchester, Hampshire (2016); Bristol (2017), York (2018), Salisbury, Wiltshire (2019), Altrincham, Cheshire (2020) Stroud, Gloucestershire (2021) and Ilkley, West Yorkshire (2022).