Revealed: Britain’s healthiest (and unhealthiest) towns

Robert Dex
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<p>An aerial view of farm fields near Wokingham, Berkshire, (stock)</p> (PA)

An aerial view of farm fields near Wokingham, Berkshire, (stock)


Wokingham has been named as the healthiest place in Britain, according to a new survey.

The Office for National Statistics and financial services company Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) have put together the UK’s first national health index.

Places were given scores based on a range of health factors, such as dementia, cancer, alcohol misuse and adult obesity.

Wokingham received the highest score of 110, making it the healthiest town in the UK, compared to Blackpool which scored just 86.

Richmond upon Thames, Windsor and Maidenhead and Kingston upon Thames were all in the top ten healthiest places to live.

While Kingston upon Hull, Stoke on Trent and Middlesbrough were among the unhealthiest.

The list also shows a marked north-south divide, with Salford, Doncaster and St Helens all making the “unhealthy” top ten.

Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, who helped lead the study, told the Sunday Times the data should be “a wake-up call to the government to deliver on its manifesto pledge to level up regional inequalities”.

He said: “While there is some encouragement to be had from slight improvements in measures related to wellbeing and mortality, these have been cancelled out by worsening mental and physical health morbidity.

“These may have deteriorated further as a result of Covid-19.”

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Britain’s healthiest places

1) Wokingham - 110

2) Richmond upon Thames - 108

3) Windsor and Maidenhead - 107

4) West Berkshire - 106

5) Surrey - 106

6) Bracknell Forrest - 105

7) Buckinghamshire - 105

8) Rutland - 105

9) Kingston upon Thames - 105

10) Hampshire - 105

Britain’s unhealthiest places

-Blackpool - 86

-Kingston upon Hull - 91

-Stoke-on-Trent - 91

-Middlesbrough - 92

-Hartlepool - 92

-Knowsley - 93

-Doncaster - 94

-Nottingham - 94

-St Helens - 94

-Salford - 94

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