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Low quality of life for Londoners

Research taking into account economic well-being, access to hospitals and standards of living puts Reading on top and London below average.

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London towards bottom despite highest average income

London comes towards the bottom of the index despite having the highest average income Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

London comes towards the bottom of the index for a second year, despite having the highest average income, making it the exception in many ways.

London also scores well in international surveys of what makes for a great ‘world city’, but has a relatively low ranking in the index because of the issues associated with living in a large urban area.

The lack of affordable or suitable housing, congestion and long working hours are sufficiently prevalent in London to more than offset many of the benefits of high income levels.

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