Only the old: Manchester one of worst cities to be young in, UK poll reveals

By Tim Hyde

Manchester is one of the worst cities to be young in, according to a poll of 18 to 30-year-olds across the UK.

Of the UK’s 20 largest cities included in the poll, Manchester came in the bottom four according to the country’s youth.

Around half of Manchester’s young adults do not believe they have a good work-life balance (57%) – the second worst in the country.

Mike Lawler, Director for Legal & General’s general insurance business who commissioned the report, said: “We asked 18-30-year-olds directly what they believe has the most impact on their quality of life.

“It is perceived to have a poor work-life balance according to 18-30-year-olds currently living in the city.

“But it’s not all bad news as the city offers young adults a low cost of living, job satisfaction and great culture and entertainment.”

The city ranked in the bottom five for the local environment, with just 52.5% of those surveyed stating that Manchester had good local aesthetics and green spaces.

Yet the survey showed Manchester is a good place to purchase a first home as the average age of purchasing a home is 24.8, which is one year and three months ahead of those living in London.

And Manchester also came up trumps on cost of living, job satisfaction, culture and entertainment – polling sixth.

The poll, called UK Today: Best City to be Young, was conducted by Legal & General. 

Picture courtesy of Kamophotos, with thanks.

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