How does Hastings rate when it comes to making a living?

Hastings Fishermen's Beach. SUS-150730-104239001
Hastings Fishermen's Beach. SUS-150730-104239001

Hastings appears in a list of 64 towns and cities which offer the best and worst places to make a living, according to data released today (Tuesday, September 1).

The town is number 41 in the list, compiled by credit card comparison site,, which used indicators including average mortgage price, median wages, the cost of living and the health of the job market.

Blackburn comes top of the list of 64, ahead of Derby and Cambridge.

London is 26th while Gloucester is the worst place on the list.

In the list the median monthly take-home salary for Hastings is £1,632 but the unemployment rate stands at 8.6 per cent.

The average monthly mortgage repayment is £996 in the town, according to the figures.

Property expert Kate Faulkner said: “We regularly hear about the issues of ‘affordability’ that the younger generation are facing.

“What this analysis clearly shows is that it is still possible to strike a balance between work and play and there are towns and cities you can live in with successful economies where homes and a good standard of living are still affordable.

“So if you want to achieve a great work-life balance, it is worth researching the areas identified.”

Alastair Douglas, chief executive officer, said: ”Far too often, only house prices are taken into account when trying to identify the best place to live. And this can produce some very misleading results.

“When we take into consideration job prospects and the cost of living as well as property prices we start to see a very different picture - some of the UK’s less frequently celebrated places start to look much more attractive.”

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