Earlier this year, we reported that a study had revealed the UK destination with the best neighbours. Not to much surprise, Nottingham was crowned with the title following a research project by telephone network company Giff Gaff.
And while we were delighted to hear of the neighbourly hospitality the city was known for (and very tempted to move there), we couldn’t help but wonder which UK towns and cities were on the other end of the spectrum. In other words, which areas of the country should we be in less of a rush to move to due to the unfriendly neighbours?
Luckily, a new study has revealed just that and it won’t be a shock at all to hear that London residents were voted as the least considerate to their neighbours.
The research, conducted by Duette as part of an ongoing study into which areas had the most mindful communities, found that London is home to the least considerate neighbours with a score of 4.1 out of 10. This is because Londoners reported that they found their neighbours to be inconsiderate and unfriendly. In fact, they even stated that they were very unlikely to strike up a conversation with one another.
To get the results, the researchers surveyed over 2,400 Brits, all over the age of 18, who rented or owned their homes. While clearly London turned out to be the place with the least friendly neighbours, it was closely followed by Manchester, whose neighbours came in second place with 7.9 out of 10, meanwhile Gloucester came in third with a score of 7.7 out of 10.
Other cities in the top 10 places withe the worst neighbours included Exeter, which scored 7.5, Worcester with 7.4, Newcastle with 7.2, Truro with 7.1, Norwich with seven, Birmingham with 6.8 and last but not least, Leeds which scored 6.7 out of 10.
‘Having nice neighbours can make a huge difference,’ says Sunny Matharu, a Duette spokesperson.’Not only can you turn to them for help when you need it, such as when you go away, but it’s always someone to smile and wave at, sometimes talk to, and you never know who’s day you might be making by being kind.
‘Bad neighbours are never ideal, especially when all involved are arguing. For the sake of all involved, any issues should be discussed and resolved – it shouldn’t lead to someone having to up and move in order to feel settled and comfortable.’