The 149 healthiest and least healthy places in England – ranked

The healthiest and least healthy places in England have been discovered through new research.

The Sunday Times analyzed data on issues such as air pollution, health and physical activity to compile a list of the healthiest and most unhealthy places to live in the country.

At the top of the list is Wokingham, Berkshire, Richmond on Thames, South West London, second, and Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, third.

At the bottom of the 149 locations in England was Blackpool, Lancashire. Hull finished second in East Riding in Yorkshire while Stoke finished third in Staffordshire.

Blackpool did poorly on issues like depression and physical activity. In contrast, Wokingham performed above average in most categories, including life satisfaction and children’s social, emotional and mental health.

The upper part of the list consists almost entirely of places in the south of England – with the tiny county of Rutland between Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire a rare exception in 8th place.

Locations in the north dominate the bottom of the list – Southampton in Hampshire is the lowest scoring place in the south at 128th place.

The information was published in what the Sunday Times called the first official national health index.

The government approved that Office for National Statistics and the financial services company Lane Clark & ​​Peacock to do the work in what is believed to be the first attempt of its kind in the world.

The aim is to measure the health impact of government policies.

Dr. Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, editor-in-chief of the report, told the Sunday Times: “The numbers show clear and significant differences between England and should be a wake-up call to the government to keep its manifesto promise of regional approximation inequalities.

“While modest improvements in wellbeing and mortality measures are advocated, these have been offset by worsening morbidity for mental and physical health. These may have worsened further due to Covid-19.”

The index uses the value 100 as a benchmark for the English average in 2015.

For each location on the list, the higher the number, the healthier it is supposed to be – and the lower, the less healthy.

  1. Wokingham 110
  2. Richmond upon thames 108
  3. Windsor and Maidenhead 107
  4. West berkshire 106
  5. Surrey 106
  6. Bracknell Forest 106
  7. Buckinghamshire 105
  8. Rutland 105
  9. Kingston upon thames 105
  10. Hampshire 105
  11. Oxfordshire 104
  12. Wandsworth 104
  13. Bath and North East Somerset 104
  14. Harrow 104
  15. Central Bedfordshire 103
  16. Merton 103
  17. Hertfordshire 103
  18. South Gloucestershire 103
  19. Cheshire East 103
  20. Trafford 103
  21. Bromley 103
  22. Wiltshire 103
  23. York 103
  24. Cambridgeshire 103
  25. Gloucestershire 103
  26. Leicestershire 103
  27. North Yorkshire 103
  28. Bexley 103
  29. Sutton 102
  30. Warwickshire 102
  31. Devon 102
  32. East Riding of Yorkshire 102
  33. Barnet 102
  34. Stockport 102
  35. Cheshire West and Chester 102
  36. Hammersmith and Fulham 102
  37. West Sussex 102
  38. Kent 101
  39. Worcestershire 101
  40. Brent 101
  41. Redbridge 101
  42. Solihull 101
  43. Havering 101
  44. Suffolk 101
  45. Milton keynes 101
  46. Nottinghamshire 101
  47. Warrington 101
  48. Ealing 101
  49. Hillingdon 101
  50. Tower hamlet 101
  51. Lewisham 101
  52. Essex 101
  53. Croydon 101
  54. Staffordshire 101
  55. Waltham Forest 101
  56. North Somerset 100
  57. Reading 100
  58. Hounslow 100
  59. Derbyshire 100
  60. Dorset 100
  61. Somerset 100
  62. Northamptonshire 100
  63. Shropshire 100
  64. Camden 100
  65. Haringey 100
  66. Greenwich 100
  67. Sheffield 100
  68. Cumbria 100
  69. Kensington and Chelsea 99
  70. Southwark 99
  71. Brighton and Hove 99
  72. Bedford 99
  73. Islington 99
  74. Newham 99
  75. Luton 99
  76. Swindon 99
  77. Herefordshire, county from 99
  78. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 99
  79. Westminster 99
  80. Buried 99
  81. Enfield 99
  82. Leeds 99
  83. Bark and Dagenham 99
  84. Lancashire 99
  85. Southend-on-Sea 98
  86. Slough 98
  87. Norfolk 98
  88. Telford and Wrekin 98
  89. Hackney 98
  90. Lambeth 98
  91. Derby 98
  92. Medway 98
  93. North tyneside 98
  94. Thurrock 98
  95. Cornwall 98
  96. Coventry 98
  97. Bristol, city of 98
  98. Wirral 98
  99. Calderdale 98
  100. Kirklees 98
  101. East Sussex 98
  102. County Durham 97
  103. Wigan 97
  104. Darlington 97
  105. Lincolnshire 97
  106. Plymouth 97
  107. Isle of Wight 97
  108. Northumberland 97
  109. Leicester 97
  110. Bolton 97
  111. Peterborough 97
  112. Barnsley 97
  113. Dudley 97
  114. Portsmouth 97
  115. Stockton-on-Tees 96
  116. Sefton 96
  117. Birmingham 96
  118. Redcar and Cleveland 96
  119. Blackburn with Darwen 96
  120. Rotherham 96
  121. Bradford 96
  122. Tameside 96
  123. Newcastle upon Tyne 96
  124. North Lincolnshire 95
  125. Oldham 95
  126. Wakefield 95
  127. Torbay 95
  128. Southampton 95
  129. Gateshead 95
  130. Sunderland 95
  131. South tyneside 95
  132. Halton 95
  133. North East Lincolnshire 94
  134. Sandwell 94
  135. Walsall 94
  136. Rochdale 94
  137. Liverpool 94
  138. Wolverhampton 94
  139. Manchester 94
  140. Salford 94
  141. Nottingham 94
  142. St. Helens 94
  143. Doncaster 94
  144. Knowsley 93
  145. Hartlepool 92
  146. Middlesbrough 92
  147. Stoke-on-trent 91
  148. Kingston upon Hull, town from 91
  149. Blackpool 86

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