Top 10 Worst Places to Live In Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire is by far the most beautiful and biggest county in the whole of the U.K.
With many famous landmarks, castles, treks, and green green land. Its hard to believe that its home to some of the roughest places that time seems to have forgotten.
Much due to the collapse of the mining and steel industry its sometimes just a 10 minute drave of the motorways to end up in ghost towns.

With over 40yrs experience of moving around heres my choices

The Top Ten Worst Places to Live In Yorkshire, England

1 Bradford

Massive problem with social housing and illegal immigrants. Another of the larger city's widely acknowledged for the curry capital of England but that's where the fun stops as more fast food shops closed down per pound than any other city. - elfman73

I am a very happy resident of bradford, on a morning I wake up and pray to a three headed god. next I relieve myself of any waste on the street then call the nearest taxi to take me to my workplace. after a long day of work, I grab a local takeaway, the owner of the takeaway skins the deformed rat right infront of my face, its nice to see my food is locally sourced. I take my food home while fighting off the 24 immigrants trying to snatch it from my hand and lock myself in my council house. I then pull out the matress from under my floorboards, making sure the heroin needles are removed from it and once again pray to the 12 armed god. I then go to sleep, rinse and repeat, standard day in bradistan.

I have lived in Bradford all my life and it is just awful and I don't feel like I am In England instead more like India

Its tiny Pakistan the immigrants!

2 Castleford

Castleford is nothing like it was twenty years ago. The chemical works have gone. It has a popular little shopping centre, Junction 32 with its designer outlets. The brilliant Xscape and lots of new housing developments shooting up all over. So it's about time people stopped slagging it off from an outdated reputation of many years ago. - OldLeedsMan

Crap hole, got the hell out of there as soon as I could

Lies it is great

So many chavs.

3 Leeds

Been here for over 25 years now, just a bit more than half of my life and totally disagree. In fact, I think it's probably the best city in the UK, even makes my Top 10 of best cities in Europe, plus has a spot somewhere in my Top 50 of best cities in the world. Some of the cities before Leeds are Florence, Amsterdam, Havana, Munich. Prague, Ho Chi Minh, for example, but only as a visitor, not to live there permanently.

Leeds is lovely some bad places most good just a lot of drug and hooligan football fans but most biggest, famous city in England

I think Leeds is the best. I have been here all my life so yeah.

Ask the scars on my back

4 Rotherham

Rotherham has had a significant amount of bad press in recent years, however it is not such a bad town. True the Town centre is a little run down but there are some quite nice people of varying ethnic backgrounds and the problem with drug abuse and prostitution is being addressed. There used to be a quite nice cinema called the Regal which ended up renamed as the Scala it had a pretty nice Conacher pipe organ. The organ has been preserved somewhere I think but the cinema is no more.

Rotherham town centre is dire full of asian
not a nice place to reside.

As to be in due to the sad and frightening breaking stroy over the last 2 years that 4'000 plus girls were molested in the 80s 90s 00s and that wide spride paedophile rings are rife in the city and its boundaries.

The number could exceed 25k they reckon and its come to light that social services knewaabout this. - elfman73

From 1997-2013, 1400 children were groomed, raped, and threatened with violence by gangs of Muslim Men (most from Pakistani heritage). Those crimes were ignored by the Police, Social Services, and the ruling local Labour Party Council and its previous local MP, Denis MacShane and its current MP Sarah Champion. Anyone who raised this issue were labeled 'racists', 'Islamophobic', 'Xenophobic' by the local authorities. Those crime still continue to do this day and are consistency covered up.

5 Hull

Hull stinks and nothing's special and plus I lived there for 14 years

Not many places on the coast in Yorkshire arec considered a slum, Hull come top in many lists that you don't want to be like school age pregnancies.

A shame because its on the beautiful East Coast - elfman73

Complete toilet

Hitler bombed the place quite a bit I am tol,d but I think that will all have been sorted now

6 Doncaster

Doncaster is full of crack heads and dope ass. Ain't no place like Donny, scum.

I live in Doncaster. It's a super nice place to live - BounceBackHater

High crime rate

Filled with spice heads in the centre and Chavs around the outskirt

7 Barnsley

Total eyesore of a place, town centre a complete joke. The best thing in the place is a road leading out of it.

Bransley is twinned with Bradford. They are both socially & economically deprived. They are also run by the Local Labour Party Council.

Downtrodden pit town, see above. - elfman73

Barnsley is the best place in the world it’s like Disney world and universal in one. Huddersfield is wayy worse!

8 Harrogate

Harrogate is a very smart town. The population is largely made up of well educated professionals who have style and sophistication. People are appreciative of the arts and culture and have civic pride. The only downside is the problem with car parking. Great Hotels, fine restaurants and high end retailers all help to make Harrogate a superb place.

I've never felt so lonely living somewhere.

If you're not born with a plum in your mouth or silver spoon up your bottom then this city is not for you.
Next to some idilic surroundings but housing is way over priced and if you drive less than a BMW then you will be snubbed.
Middle class downton abby wannabes but without the real cash to back it. - elfman73

9 Knottingley

It is often said that people find their own level, It is certainly true that people from similar demographic backgrounds, ethnicity, levels of education and intellect tend to group together. One finds this in all walks of life and at all levels in society. For instance, one will never find an inarticulate, uneducated football kit clad beer can holding foul mouthed cretin at the opera or at a concert held by the local music society. Similarly you will not find a surgeon and his family sitting on ripped vinyl in a Working Men's Club. They are much more likely to be dining in a smart restaurant or attending a play. People feel more comfortable when in the company of similar minded people and in environments where a certain level of civility and mutual understanding can be expected.

There is no better example of this then the Yorkshire town of Knottingley Anyone who was born there, or who has had the severe misfortune to end up there would be like the proverbial "fish out of ...more

Having read the expose on the town and its inhabitants I decided to go for a visit. Having found the Winston Public House, I decided to enter. I passed a sort of human shaped female toothless inbreed who was stood outside and appeared to be smoking a home made cigarette, which the creature threw to the floor and squashed with one of its, cheaply shod feet. It transpired that this unfortunate was the "Bar person". It spoke with a gruff and very raucous voice and said something that was difficult to comprehend but may have been " what ya avin" I purchased a drink and sat on a filthy stained imitation leather seat. A younger male of the same specie was feeding money into a gaming machine and was clearly suffering from extreme flatulence. The animal obviously had never been uneducated in etiquette or indeed any sort of civilised behaviour and had not learned how to manage its bodily functions. The stench was becoming egregious when the toothless one said something unintelligible and the ...more

Just found this site and read the revue about Knottingley. At first I thought it a bit unfair, but on reflection I have to agree with it all. It really is the most degenerate town filled with the most disgusting people, who are uncouth, uneducated, lack any sort of culture listen to the most dross music, swear continually laugh at the most disgusting things and urinate in full view of others. I have seen a women squatting behind a filthy take away shop urinating and then eating her frozen processed chips and never washing her hands. The Winston pub has no hand drier or paper towels in the gents and if asked how one is suppose to dry ones hands the toothless halfwit bar women just shrugs and says " A dunt think no one bothers like"
"women's bogs driers bust anawl and that dunt need to bother if thas ony had a pee like".
I have watched the same bar tender and she has never washed her hands after using the toilet and then touches the drinking glasses. If one needs to evacuate ones ...more

I once went to Knottingley and shopped at Morrison's, I had the occasion to visit the toilets, I complained to the manager about the standard of cleanliness and the amount of rubbish and food wrappings in the carpark. He just said "Well, it is Knottingley"! I occasionally used to swim at the sports centre, the ladies changing area was unfit for humans to use, I complained about various things like the unwashed grey stained floors the cracked toilet bowls and the lack of anywhere to dispose of sanitary products, A few weeks later it was closed down, people were throwing bricks through the windows and then it was demolished. I occasionally visited the library but I was told that it was impossible for the service to continue due to people not returning books and drinking alcohol on the premises. It was demolished and a cheap supermarket stands on the site now.
I think Knottingley should be avoided and left to the inbreeds who are happy to wallow in their own excrement..

10 Featherstone

An awful place with mostly drug or drink abusers living there however it has a very small community of nice people.

If the dunt come from t village what yer doing ere. Usually followed by a punch in the face. A charming little destination not on anyones map.

A little pit village where the residents are so violent that they will beat you for stopping at ared light. Again like Castleford this finds itself as a tiny suburb of Wakefield but these residents take it one step further. If you shop in the city of Wakefield where the named stores are or work then you are shunned.

A village hit by pit closings in the 80s 90s still have high unemployment and high number of people claiming to be disabled - elfman73

The Contenders

11 Sheffield

Sheffield is beautiful. Very close to the Peak District, Pennines and Hillsborough.

Drug and knifing all the time city is a dump

Not a day goes by with criminals and arguements. But scenery in Peak District and Derwent hills is nice. I’m a kid by the way and Ilive here

12 Wakefield

Dirty full of council estate scruffs and full of smack heads begging for money pretending to be homeless full of chavs can't walk anywhere without seeing them smoking the spliffs and acting hard council asked what can they do to make it better and we said bull dose it

Wakefield is bare scruffy and full of drugies

I like pontefract better


13 Selby
14 Pontefract

A mixture of Castleford and Featherstone people who marry and social housing. A lot better than Featherstone but some areas like ferry Fryston has a huge power plant that really does pose a threat to health - elfman73

Great place to live you get to go into the wilderness of valley gardens and find valuable treasures of airdale "the heroine needle"

It's great

15 Huddersfield

Just a pure wank hole

Have some alright people but full of violence and abuse

Huddersfield is a hole full of immigrants, chavs and dicks. It's crime ridden, lifeless and bleak.


16 Dewsbury

I believe the name of the Mathews daughter was SHANNON not Sharon but otherwise a pretty fair account of the town

A Town that has connections with some very notable people, Betty Boothroyd, Eddie Warring and cross Channel swimmer Eileen Fenton where all born in Dewsbury. Wallace Hartley the violinist who died on the Titanic although originally from Lancashire had his home in the town. and in more recent times the Mathews family rose to infamy due to their foiled attempts at extortion by kidnapping their own daughter Sharon. The town has a long standing association with Rugby League and in days gone by was a significant producer of Mungo and Shoddy as well as some fine wools and blanket making. The town once had a fine Theatre called the Empire Several.Cinemas, 2 railway stations and a famous Ice cream parlour. It now has lots of Pakistani taxi firms.

Full of smack heads and prostitutes and crime ridden kids Leon Robinson little knobhead lies about getting sent down


17 York

York us an all round decent fast-growing city. Like any other urban area, it has it has crime and fairly dangerous areas, but nothing on the scale of Leeds, Bradford or Hull.
Only a handful of areas where its not safe to walk at night

York is lovely, welcoming. Weary. With all that is happening. Generally people are of the opinion "not all appear as they seem". It has a lot of tourists from all different backgrounds. Same as Harrogate. Both historical places. Anyone who doesn't like Yorkshire has alternate motives,. Leeds is a lot like London.

18 Mixenden
19 Batley

Never been attacked in Batley ever. Maybe the writer of the last post is a scroat

Full of asian drug dealers and gangs. Out of towners can't even step into staincliffe without asians attacking scary place

Hate the place couldn't wait to leave.

20 Thorne


Not bad

21 Halifax

Worst roads, worst transport, boring as hell and always seems to rain here

Absolute tip. Cannot wait to leave.

Best place where to live I have lived there for 17 years

Love Halifax I’m young so I love all the bad stuff

22 Woodlands

Full of southerners

23 Bridlington

Full of scums

24 Knaresborough
25 Heckmondwike


it is full of pakis and a drug dealing town its full of police who touch kids and full of pissheads

26 Bradistan
27 Mirfield
28 Keighley

Best people ever. Full of druggys

Druggys are nice pepehands

Why hasn't anyone mentioned this depressing,boring,grubby,little hole. Full of old fat people and some thick kids.council members even thicker. Remember why tour de Yorkshire had to quickly skip the section going through the high street?. Sez it all!

29 Ilkley
30 Thornhill

Full of smackheads and the little knobs from ths

Full of ‘gangstas’ the estate is run by them all a lot of drugs come through the ‘older lot’ and the younger ones are getting Just as bad. Not a nice area to grow kids up in full of gang affiliation

31 Goole

If you ever visit Goole try the Vermuyden Pub. It has got to be the most depressing run down Public House in the world. Crap beer never before heard of, no food, toilets not fit for a a pig to use filthy upholstery and 99pence Christmas trimming hung on a wall during the festive season. The only good thing is that most of the regular drinkers are dead..

Mini Hull
Absolute Dumphole
Only crackheads and seagulls to see here

32 Cleckheaton
33 Bramley
34 North Halifax

Ovenden, Illingworth, Mixenden, Boothtown; high levels of social depravity and all the trappings that comes with it.

35 Ossett

Full of old people who think they rule the town and the year 11 kids from ossett are sound

36 South Kirkby

Yes south Kirkby is a bad place to live now it use to be nice

It is rubbish

37 Sherburn

If this is Sherburn as in Sherburn In Elmet... well I moved here from Leeds and lived here for 7 years. The locals look inbred and stare at you if you're an outsider and it has the most cliquey community imaginable. can't go to the shops without walking past a fresh pack of unruly chavs each day, up near the library. Absolutely boring place to live, no leisure centre so have to use the terrible transport links to go to the Selby or Tadcaster one. The high school is just plain rubbish in terms of dealing with bullies. Full of weirdos in my opinion, can't wait to go elswhere! More like SherBURN IN HELLmet

38 Pocklington

Lovely place but full of bellends

39 Pellon
40 Thurnscoe
41 Hebden Bridge

Don't believe everything you hear or see. If you are unlucky enough to grow up there and your not well off then good luck in getting out. High drug usage and alcohol abuse amongst young people. Depressing to see. Jobs are few and far between, education is run down... Lets not talk about the flooding.

42 Todmorden

Six fingers inbread town ygm
screwing my sister since 03

43 Warwick Estate

Best place to live in my opinion. it is located south of Knottingley aka "knottla", also a great place to live, not far from Ferrybridge aka "Ferry" which is also a great place to live. Now Warwick estate may be nutorious for drugs mainly weed, but it is a homely place and the people there may come across as mean and rough but in reality they are kind people, just don't get on the wrong side of em because thill get shanked.

Great place

44 Skipton

Full of smelly smack head 15 year olds

45 Streethouse

Absolutely Terrible Village

46 Rye Lane
47 Darlington

It’s in Durham not Yorkshire lol

48 Hadleigh

We need ukip

49 Jaywick

This isn't even in Yorkshire.

Full of crackheads, terrible places and litter everywhere. not to mention the alcoholics

50 Holbeck

Full of chavs.

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