Bath and Bristol are UKs most ‘woke’ cities

If you are lucky enough to live in Bath or Bristol then congratulations, you are officially ‘woke’.

Or at least, your home city is – and it’s ramping up the prices of properties too, which is good news for home owners.

Mortgage expert Bankrate has been crunching data, looking at various social and economic hot topics, to work out who’s ‘woke’ and why that gives property there such a hefty price tag.

Bath comes in at the new number one of the list, coming up two places from number three.

Bristol is next at number two having shot up an impressive four places.

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This has been scored from across 50 cities in the following seven categories to determine which is truly the UK’s most progressive city:

  • Search trends;
  • Voter turnout
  • Vegan/vegetarian restaurants;
  • Recycling rates;
  • Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) registrations;

  • Gender pay gap;

  • Women in local government.

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After finishing in third place last year, Bath has topped the rankings for 2020 as the UK’s Most Progressive City. Despite not ranking in first place for any of the seven categories, Bath managed to hold off stiff competition from Bristol and Leicester.

It’s not much surprise then, that the research showed that the average price for a house in the Somerset city is £485,290, as opposed to Brighton, which is over £60,000 less at £424,049 on average.

The 2020 Progressive Cities runner up, Bristol, has climbed from position six to two in the past 12 months.

The cultural hub has made improvements across all categories, with the most notable being with regards to the number of ULEVs on the road and searches related to environmental and social issues.

To read more on the UK’s most and least progressive cities, click here.

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