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Ranked: 30 places in the UK with the most community spirit

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: Kat Gardiner / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kat Gardiner / EyeEm - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Norwich has the most community spirit in the UK, thanks to the happiness levels of locals, its large number of animal shelters and successful volunteer schemes, a new study has found.

PensionBee looked at 30 of the most populated towns and cities around the country, analysing factors including recycling rates, fly tipping incidents, the rate of electric vehicles, charity shops, charities, and searches for volunteering.

While Norwich took the top spot, scoring an average of 80.3, Reading in the South West scooped second, with thousands of volunteers doing all they can to make a difference. Other caring areas in the study include Swindon, Peterborough, Bristol and Bournemouth.

'Our research highlights the caring nature of many residents in towns and cities across England, based on a range of factors relating to community, charity and the environment,' says Romi Savova, CEO at PensionBee.

Photo credit: John Harper - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Harper - Getty Images

'The past year has been difficult, but it's also brought many of us together and shown how caring our communities can be. We've seen people go out of their way to help vulnerable neighbours (and strangers) survive during tough periods of isolation, while furloughed workforces volunteered at local charities to support them through this challenging time. And lest we forget, the cheers that could be heard on Thursday evenings as streets across the country were filled with people standing on their doorsteps to clap for our NHS.'

Take a look at the full findings below...

30 towns and cities with the best community spirit

  1. Norwich, East

  2. Reading, South East

  3. Swindon, South West

  4. Peterborough, East

  5. Bristol, South West

  6. Bournemouth, South West

  7. Derby, East Midlands

  8. Bolton, North West

  9. Southend-on-Sea, East

  10. Milton Keynes, South East

  11. Manchester, North West

  12. Leicester, East Midlands

  13. Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands

  14. Coventry, West Midlands

  15. Wolverhampton, West Midlands

  16. Liverpool, North West

  17. Newcastle upon Tyne, North West

  18. Portsmouth, South East

  19. Birmingham, West Midlands

  20. Leeds, Yorkshire & The Humber

  21. London, Greater London

  22. Brighton and Hove, South East

  23. Sheffield, Yorkshire & The Humber

  24. Bradford, Yorkshire & The Humber

  25. Luton, East

  26. Northampton, East Midlands

  27. Nottingham, East Midlands

  28. Southampton, South East

  29. Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire & The Humber

  30. Plymouth, South West

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