Best places to retire in the UK ranked from annual care costs to house prices

Best places to retire in the UK ranked from annual care costs to house prices

With the number of over-85s set to treble by 2066, many Britons will be weighing up where they should settle down and enjoy their twilight years. Researchers at home security group Taking Care have compiled a list of the best UK towns and cities for people aged 65 and over.

Each location was given two ratings out of 100, one for its overall merits as a place to live as a pensioner and the other specifically for elderly care.

The study, shared exclusively with Express.co.uk, compared factors including house prices, the cost and quality of care homes, and ambulance waiting times.

Areas were also rated for popular amenities such as the number of green spaces, bingo halls and fish and chip shops.

Llandudno in Wales was rated the best place to retire, at 52.8 overall, with average low house prices of £230,888 and annual care home costs of £38,948.

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The coastal town boasts 37 chip shops, nine parks and three bingo halls, with an average life expectancy of 85.42.

Glossop, East Midlands came second, with house prices at £239,282 and care home fees of £37,310.

The Derbyshire town has 23 chip shops and has been a big hit on social media, with almost 18 million Instagram hashtags.

The best place to find a cheap retirement property is Hull, with house prices at £140,000.

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Fish and chip lovers may want to consider the city with the most chippies, Edinburgh, which has 235 of the fast food shops.

Lymington has the highest life expectancy, at 85.58 for men and 87.98 for women, well above the national average of 81.

Looking at elderly care, Tynemouth, near Newcastle, bagged the top spot, with 77.2 out of 100.

The coastal town has 195 care homes, with one care home for every 71 elderly people, and with 90 percent of the homes rated Good or above.

Residential care costs are on average £31,044 a year, while annual nursing costs of £47,480.

The area also has one of the lowest ambulance waiting times, at just over four hours and 30 minutes.

In second place was another seaside town, Lymington, scored at 74, followed by Alresford, Ramsbottom and Southport.

The other locations in the top ten were Wetherby, Glossop, Newcastle, St Ives and Wareham.

Ilfracombe, in 12th place, offers the best quality of care, with all 20 care homes in the area rated Good or above.

London came in 12th place, with 62.1, boasting 551 care homes, although given the Capital’s huge population, this equates to one home for every 631 elderly people.

Brighton has the highest proportion of older people, with a third of its population made up by people aged 65 and over.

Published at Sun, 26 Jun 2022 03:00:00 +0000