Annual, viral list shows city now close to escaping ‘worst 50’
Although still listed in the ‘Top 50 worst places to live in England’, Hull has dropped 24 places since last year, meaning it’s now faring better than York and Doncaster and could soon finally escape.
Ranking in 2 4th place last year, and in the horrid top five in 2021, Hull has made a vast improvement according to the list compiled by iLiveHere. This can only mean that people are now seeing the positives rather than tired stereotypes.
The annual survey is a result of votes from over 100,000 readers, and analyses the reviews of places to live based on their experiences. It included some cities that you wouldn’t expect to make it onto the list, such as York, which residents bemoaned was now overrun by commuters pricing everyone out of their homes.
This year Hull ranks 48th, which is rather impressive considering the two abysmal ratings from the past two years. Unfortunately, the write up has not changed and is still as negative as ever.
Its 16-year-old author, who sounds rather desperate to leave their hometown, writes a scathing review of the “forgotten city”. Unimpressed even by the “Hullywood” cobbles, they described Old Town as a “dreary boring mass of dark brick.”
It’s not the first time someone has taken the chance to take a swipe at the city, as author Sam Jordison gave the city the top spot in his infamous 2003 book ‘Crap Towns’. But 10 years after, the writer ate his own words as he claimed he was now “queuing to visit”.
Jordison wrote in a piece in the Independent: “Ten years ago people couldn’t wait to get away from Hull. Now they’ll be queuing up to visit. I’ll be with them if I’m allowed in. That’s a pretty impressive turnaround.”
Hull legend Peter Levy also fumed at Hull topping the controversial list, reposting the story saying that it is complete “nonsense” as Hull made the top ten every year from 2005 to 2019.
But to look on the bright, even though some think it’s just a daft list that goes viral every year, that even the thousands of people who partake in the survey think the city “which is one letter away from Hell” is on the up.
Just across the Humber Bridge, Grimsby ranked 30th on the list, which is an upgrade from a ranking of 18 last year – meaning it’s also a well-improved town.
The top five this year consisted of the London city of Luton ranking first, followed by Peterborough, Portsmouth, Slough, and then Aylesbury in fifth place.