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‘Worst place to live’ in England unveiled in controversial poll – see full list

Residents of towns and cities in England have been voting for the worst places to live, and the results are in.

110,172 locals voted for their own hometowns, a record number for the annual survey, offering a brutal insight into the state of various communities in 2022.

Previously, Peterborough had topped the tongue-in-cheek poll for "three glorious years" but this year's results, compiled by iLivehere, revealed a new winner.

Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire took the top spot for 2022, scoring 25% more votes than runner-up Huddersfield, reports The Mirror.

Rotherham, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Rochdale, Doncaster, and Keighley – who were in the top six last year – all managed to escape the bottom of the table.

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

One wrote: "It is customary if a stranger holds eye contact with you for more than three seconds, to shout 'WHAT???' and become extremely aggressive."

The top 10 "worst places" to live in England were:

  1. Aylesbury
  2. Huddersfield
  3. Luton
  4. Liverpool
  5. Peterborough
  6. Bolton
  7. Corby
  8. Jaywick
  9. Slough
  10. Bradford

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."

Another local likened Aylesbury 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 respondents described as 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 lambasted the town's takeaways, 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 that makes "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'."

What would you list as no.1 for the 'worst place to live in England'? Let us know in the comments below!

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

A poetry fan recalled the words of 20th Century wordsmith John Betjeman, whose barbed verses brutally critiqued the "mess" of a 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."

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Here is iLiveHere's full list:

50. Southampton

49. Staines

48. Plymouth

47. Rotherham

46. Doncaster

45. Swanley

44. Middlesborough

43. Chichester

42. Boston

41. Barnsley

40. Paignton

39. Axminster

38. Leeds

37. Aldershot

36. Sunderland

35. High Wycombe

34. Coventry

33. Torquay

32. Leicester

31. Swindon

30. Andover

29. Stoke-on-Trent

28. Accrington

27. Walsall

26. Walsall [sic]

25. Burnley

24. Hull

23. Abingdon

22. Barking and Dagenham

21. Portsmouth

20. Chatham

19. Dover

18. Grimsby

17. Croydon

16. Rochdale

15. Blackburn

14. Blackpool

13. Oldham

12. Canterbury

11. Didcot

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