Peterborough, England, tops poll for worst place to live

So this is hell.

A Cambridgeshire town is on course to claim the hideous title of worst place to live in England – for the fourth time in five years.

Peterborough, a commuter town about 50 minutes by train from London, currently ranks first in the website I Live Here’s annual public poll, which gives people the chance to vote for “which provincial shithole in England holds the title.” will be the worst place to live in the country.”

People at a train station in Peterborough
Peterborough has been voted the worst place to live in England three years in a row.
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Voted worst city three years in a row, Peterborough is home to attractions such as a Norman cathedral, the Peterborough Sculpture Trail, the admirable 16th-century Burghley House and even a Bronze Age site, the Flag Fen Archeology Park.

Still, many current and former residents in last year’s survey were only too happy to list reasons why this city is a Class A garbage fire, MyLondon reported.

“I lived in Peterborough for 15 years and all I can say is wow. what a bloody DUMP,” one wrote.

Aerial view of Peterborough
The commuter town’s cultural sights and attractions include a Norman cathedral and the Peterborough Sculpture Trail.
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Another advised travellers: “In Peterborough, is it common for a stranger to make eye contact with you for more than three seconds to yell ‘WHAT’??? and become extremely aggressive.”

The real hellscape lost its unsavory crown to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire last year, but with their current lead of around 11.5% of the vote on 31 December – more than double current runners-up Portsmouth at 5.6% – Peterborough could do so very good to be back on top.

Voting for the contest closes on January 31st. Peterborough, England, tops poll for worst place to live


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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