Quality of Life in Manchester, United Kingdom

Purchasing Power Index 81.53   Moderate
Safety Index 43.67   Moderate
Health Care Index 78.42   High
Climate Index 86.95   Very High
Cost of Living Index 73.87   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 7.57   Moderate
Traffic Commute Time Index 40.70   Moderate
Pollution Index 52.96   Moderate
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 144.18   High

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6 Comments so far
Pineapple on Sep 06, 2020:
I've been living in Manchester for a year now, and the feelings are totally mixed. For sure, you can find nice nightlife, lots of pubs, cafes. Also, the rents are fairly cheaper than London and other major cities. However, the rain is a big issue here. It rains or is cloudy, without exaggeration, 26-27 days of the month. Also, drugs is a very serious problem. It's a shame that Piccadilly Gardens, maybe the most crowded place in the city centre, is overloaded with drugs and homeless people. Not a very nice scenery...Finally, and that's from personal experience and to my surprise, there is a high number of people who are very rude and seem totally uneducated. Sadly, I 've come to the conclusion that this is the average Mancunian (even though I don't want to believe it). Regarding the job opportunities, I am kind of pessimistic as I haven't seen much going on, but maybe I am wrong. All in all, I believe Manchester is a nice area to live for 3-7 years, especially if you are a young guy, at the beginning of your career.
Anono Manchester on Oct 18, 2018:
Manchester is an absolute shithole, even the highest spots of it. Prestwich, Whitefield,
The city centre or as people call it town, would get the dirtiest in Europe trophy with no competition.
It's pretty cheap,relatively cheap not the cheapest however not worth it. Oh BTW, for tourists, there's absolutely Nothing to see in Manchester, you wouldn't be interested in a cotton mill which is not even operating anymore. Avoid!
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2018:
It is cheaper to live in Manchester in the north of England than it is to live down south. The geographical position of this city means it sits under a cloud and does receive its fair share of rain. If you live within your means it is has cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl so you can eat well and it is affordable. Depending where you live the rents vary. More expensive in the south of Manchester than in the north. Same goes for buying property. If you live near the tram line commuting is easier. I still think a lot prefer their car because other links such as trains aren’t well run and unreliable. Things may change in this area if the government get their act togethe f it must be said that we have a mixture of people with either enough money or little. That’s always been so. Inequalities are are evident up and down the country. As a Mancunian I believe that the people who reside in our city are friendly honest and genuine. Some of the negative comments on here about shit hole etc are nothing more than ignorance. Each and everyone of the people who reside in this city are important. Whether they are rich or poor. We need to be a bit more compassionate about mankind and not project personal opinions about the poorer aspects of our communities. We welcome all newcomers. Take us as you find us. Learn to budget. If your whinging about having any money with the latest iPhone in your hand. I suggest as I did at the start. Live within your means and you will survive here comfortably.
A.Nonimous. on Apr 18, 2018:
I viewed this site to understand more about European Cities and culture as I am travelling across Europe this summer.

Being a true Mancunian (that's somebody from Manchester for you ignorant to the term), I checked out the same details for my home town- Manchester, where I was born and worked for the first thirty years of my career prior to a stint in Dubai and Sydney.

I really can't believe some of the comments about Manchester, obviously the contributors have no real knowledge of what is a very progressive, culturally focused and welcoming city, as the region is in general.

"It rains everyday"..come on, it is presently 22 degrees and sunny, in April as I write this.

"It's a shithole"..really?...Manchester city centre, like any other, suffers from litter louts but it certainly isn't a "shithole" by any means, it has a vibrant centre, great architecture, and benefits from many places of interest.

In Victorian times, Manchester was famous for being first at many, many things but given the ignorance of some of the contributors they wouldn't understand how to discover that- the list includes the world's first commercial airport, the world's first railway, the first place the atom was split, the first "skyscraper" in England...etc etc.

Manchester was also the centre of cotton trading and production in Victorian times and is now home to a couple of great universities specialising in science and technology, something Manchester is steeped in, remember A.V Roe who built the Lancaster and Vulcan bombers that defended the country throughout WWII and the cold war?...both proudly built in Manchester.

The list goes on, we have plenty to be proud of in Manchester so before knocking it, do your homework please.
Rob on Mar 05, 2018:
North Manchester is better than south obviously. Whitefield, Prestwich they re all nice areas.
East and south is just dive. Avoid places like Moss Side, Rusholme, Clayton, Droylsden etc...
Timo on Sep 17, 2017:
Sad to see such negative comments. As regards buildings we have now more skyscrapers being built than any city outside London. Also North Manchester is not all rough. The first houses sold for a million many years ago in Greater Manchester were built in wonderful North Manchester.
In Whitefield
.Is easy to have a go at what do not know?