The UK’s

Health &
Wellness

Hotspots

Being healthy doesn’t just mean clean eating and sticking to a regular workout schedule, it’s a whole way of living your life, making sure that you’re not just looking after your body, but your mind too.

Lots of factors have an influence on your physical and mental wellbeing, including where you live, so we’ve looked at a range of healthy living factors to find out which towns and cities can claim to be the UK’s health and wellness hotspots.

TOP 3 HEALTH & WELLNESS HOTSPOTS

1
Brighton & Hove

Taking the top spot was Brighton & Hove, on the South Coast, with the city scoring particularly well for the number of spas and yoga & pilates studios per 100,000 people, both of which were far more than any other area that we looked at.

Brighton also had the highest concentration of vegan-friendly restaurants too, with 146.69 for every 100,000 people.

2
Norwich

Second place went to Norwich, in East Anglia, which scored highly for its low numbers of smokers and high air quality score and also was the top-scoring city when it came to the number of parks per person.

Other factors in Norwich’s favour were its high numbers of gyms and low ratio of fast food outlets per person too.

3
Bournemouth

There must be something in the sea air, as another coastal town makes it into the top three, with Bournemouth taking the third spot.

The city scored particularly highly for its life expectancy (81.9), as well as the number of adult smokers (14.6%), air quality and the number of health and fitness clubs per person.

THE UK’S HEALTH & WELLNESS HOTSPOTS RANKED

Key

Average Life Expectancy Smoking Prevalence in Adults Air Quality Index Spas* Health/Fitness Clubs* Yoga & Pilates Studios* Parks* Vegan-Friendly Restaurants* Fast Food Restaurants* Overall Score

*Per 100,000 People

Rank

Town/City

Methodology

We ranked each town or city on the following nine factors, before giving each a normalised score out of 100 on each factor. We then took an average of these nine scores to reach our overall score.

Average Life Expectancy

Smoking Prevalence in Adults

Air Quality Index

Spas*

Health/Fitness Clubs*

Yoga & Pilates Studios*

Parks*

Vegan Restaurants*

Fast Food Restaurants*

*Per 100,000 People

Average life expectancy

Average life expectancy was taken from the Office for National Statistics ‘Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 years by local areas, UK’ dataset and used an average of the life expectancy at birth for males and females.

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index score was taken from IQAir, which takes into account the concentration of a number of different pollutants in the air, with a lower score meaning the air quality is better.

Smoking prevalence in adults

Smoking prevalence in adults was taken from the Office for National Statistics ‘Smoking habits in the UK and its constituent countries’ dataset and refers to the proportion of the population aged 18 and above who currently smoke.

The remaining factors were all taken from Tripadvisor, Google Maps and YogaHub and calculated per 100,000 people in each town or city.