Manchester named one of the UK’s ‘most desired’ places to live


Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 6th June 2024

Manchester has been named one of the ‘most desired’ places to live in the UK for 2024, according to a new study.

At this point, there’s really no denying Greater Manchester is mint and people want to live here.

Not long after two of the region’s towns have been highlighted as places first time buyers should consider looking at to get themselves onto the property ladder, and another of our local neighbourhoods has been named one of the best in the UK to raise a family, we’ve now got another title to talk about with pride.

That’s because Manchester has just been ranked one of the ‘most desired’ places to live in the UK in 2024 – especially when it comes to relocation.

Whether you’ve landed a new job, you’re craving better weather, or you’re just looking for a change of pace, we all know there’s loads of reasons to relocate to a different city – but which locations are the most desirable of them all? In a bid to figure this out, the home insurance team over at Compare the Market decided to do a bit of research and devise a list.


To do this, they looked at the average monthly Google search volumes for terms relating to living and moving to different locations.

And Manchester’s made it into the top 10.


UK’s top 10 most desired places to live in 2024

  1. London
  2. Derby
  3. Stoke on Trent
  4. Birmingham
  5. Liverpool
  6. Wolverhampton
  7. Bradford
  8. Manchester
  9. Newport
  10. Sunderland

​​London ranks as the number one most desired city to live in the UK, and is followed closely by ​Derby,​​Stoke-on-Trent, and Birmingham, with our fellow North West neighbours Liverpool rounding out the top five.

Bradford and Sunderland are some of the other Northern cities featuring in the top 10.

The city’s new title is all according to a new study by Compare the Market / Credit: Roger Kidd (via Geograph)

“Relocation is an exciting adventure, but careful planning is key,” explained Anna McEntee, from the home insurance team at Compare the Market, as the top 10 list was revealed this week.


Sharing tips for anyone looking to relocate in the future, Anna continued: “Make sure to thoroughly research the area you’re interested in, and consider factors like commute times and proximity to schools and amenities. You should also set a realistic budget that includes hidden costs like moving fees, potential repairs, and home insurance. 

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“Additionally, you may want to consider extending your home insurance coverage with ​​accidental damage insurance or ​apartment insurance to make sure your property and belongings are protected from any unforeseen events.”

Featured Image – Manchester City Council