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A new survey has indicated that North Lanarkshire is the eighth best county to live in across the UK. The survey, compiled by price comparison website uSwitch, saw North Lanarkshire climb a whopping 98 places in the chart to beat the likes of London, Manchester and Liverpool to crash into the top 10.
In fact, the massive jump in the rankings was only bettered by Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire, which rose 102 places to complete the top 10.
South Lanarkshire finished three places above their near neighbours while Edinburgh took the top spot overall.
North Lanarkshire Provost Jim Robertson said: "The council welcome this survey which shows that North Lanarkshire best place to work, live and play. We have a good partnership with police where crimes in the area have dropped and detection rates are up.
"We are building new schools and have good leisure facilities. With better schools, children will get better jobs. The council have taken on 5000 apprenticeships through our innovative scheme and that has provided a lot of jobs for our young people."
The survey looked at a variety of different factors including salaries, disposable household income and the cost of essential goods, such as fuel, food and energy bills, as well as lifestyle factors such as working hours, life expectancy and hours of sunshine, to provide a complete picture of the quality of life in each region.
Thirteen of the 20 regions that saw the biggest gains in their Quality of Life rankings are located north of the border.
Ann Robinson, director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, said: "While Edinburgh sits proudly at the top of the spire, Scotland as a whole is the star performer, with its regions easily making the biggest climbs in the ranks this year. Contrast that with the biggest fallers in the rankings, the majority of which are regions in England.
"What this report reveals is the vast differences in the quality of life that many people across the UK are experiencing. Despite a buoyant UK economy, millions of people in this country aren’t feeling the benefits. We shouldn’t kid ourselves that it’s getting better for everyone out there."