The UK's best cities to live and work in revealed

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Cambridge is officially the best place in the UK to live and work in, according to a new study. The relatively high average salary of £35,000 played a part in this - along with very strong job satisfaction ratings (3.5). It heads a top 20 that's surprisingly geographically and financially diverse.

The Glassdoor research took into account how easy it is to get a job, how affordable each place is to live in, and how happy people are in their jobs. It then put together a top 20.

It's striking that the incredible cost of living in London means it doesn't make it to the top 20. And while there are several commuter spots here, there are also entrants to the top 20 from the South West, North of England, Scotland and the Midlands.

Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist said: "These results are a reminder that although there are more jobs in London and employees are generally satisfied, it is a competitive place to work and an expensive place to live."

1. Cambridge
The relatively high average salary, as well as the number of jobs on offer, and workplace satisfaction offset the comparatively high cost of living - and house prices. Chamberlain said: "Cambridge has long had a reputation for one of Britain's best loved cities, but now it has emerged as a prime spot for high-tech companies, which is clearly having an impact on where people decide to live and work.

2. Milton Keynes
The median base salary is even higher here at £36,000, while house prices are a far more affordable £292,692. This helps to make up for the fact that people are marginally less satisfied in their jobs (3.2).

3. Nottingham
The median salary is lower than the top two - at £27,814, but then so are house prices - at £181,974. Job satisfaction, meanwhile is a respectable 3.3, helping this take third place.

4. Leeds
Median salary of £30,000 and average home value of £195,370 make this an easy place to live and work - with a job satisfaction score of 3.2.

5. Peterborough
The median salary is £34,755 and average home values are £210,571. The job satisfaction rating is 3.2.

6. Coventry
The median salary is £35,0005 and average home values are £184,397. The job satisfaction rating is 3.3.

7. Reading
The median salary is £43,000 and average home values are £430,503. The job satisfaction rating is 3.4.

8. Bradford
The median salary is £28,350 and average home values are £124,766. The job satisfaction rating is 3.

9. Northampton
The median salary is £35,000 and average home values are £226,661. The job satisfaction rating is 3.5.

10. Swindon
The median salary is £35,525 and average home values are £235,507. The job satisfaction rating is 3.2.

11. Manchester
The median salary is £28,000 and average home values are £166,951. The job satisfaction rating is 3.3.

12 Aberdeen
The median salary is £43,000 and average home values are £222,323. The job satisfaction rating is 3.2.

13. Warrington
The median salary is £30,000 and average home values are £201,077. The job satisfaction rating is 3.

14. Bristol
The median salary is £32,000 and average home values are £297,657. The job satisfaction rating is 3.5.

15. Glasgow
The median salary is £26,500 and average home values are £168,797. The job satisfaction rating is 3.1.

16. Edinburgh
The median salary is £30,000 and average home values are £259,866. The job satisfaction rating is 3.4.

17. Oxford
The median salary is £32,000 and average home values are £502,452. The job satisfaction rating is 3.4.

18. Liverpool
The median salary is £26,000 and average home values are £159,121. The job satisfaction rating is 3.2.

19. Birmingham
The median salary is £30,000 and average home values are £177,941. The job satisfaction rating is 3.

20. Derby
The median salary is £33,727 and average home values are £190,236. The job satisfaction rating is 3.

Chamberlain concludes: "Towns and cities such as Nottingham, Leeds and Reading offer decent salaries and job prospects combined with a lower cost of living which means you money will go further, you can save, and still have a good quality of life."

But what do you think? Do you live in any of these places, and do you agree with its position? Let us know in the comments.

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