rural areas

People in London less trusting than other parts of the UK

by Ray Clancy on June 2, 2016

If you move to the UK to work and live you may find that your new neighbours are more friendly and trust you more in rural areas with London having the least amount of trust.

A new study from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has found that country folk are more likely to think that people in their neighbourhood can be trusted than people living in urban areas at 78% compared with 61%.

When moving to a new country the welcome you receive can be important to help settle in. While many expats choose to live and work in London, the city has the lowest level of trust at 56% while the highest level is in Northern Ireland.

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It also depends on origins, age and social status. For example, white ethic groups are more trusting that Asians as are retired people, those who are self-employed and those on managerial working positions.

In the study some 61% reported feeling similar to others in their neighbourhood, amongst which 76% felt they could trust others in their neighbourhood. In comparison, around 14% of people did not feel similar to others in their neighbourhood, amongst which 38% felt they could trust others in their neighbourhood.

For the UK as a whole, the majority of people felt positively about their neighbourhood. In 2011 to 2012 some 65% of people trusted others and 63% felt a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood.

The research also found that 71% felt others in their local area were willing to help their neighbours and 74% felt safe walking alone in their local area after dark. Only 8% of people felt people do not get along with each other in their local area.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales had the highest proportion of people feeling that they belong to their neighbourhood at 73%, 69% and 67% respectively and that others around their local area are willing to help their neighbours at 80%, 75% and 75% respectively.

London and the East Midlands had the lowest proportion of people feeling that they belong to their neighbourhood at 59% and 61% and that others around their local area are willing to help their neighbours at 65% and 67%.

Some 73% of those living in Northern Ireland, 70% in Scotland and 68% in the South East reported that most people in their neighbourhood can be trusted, compared with only 56% of those living in London, 61% in the North East and 62% of those living in West Midlands or in East Midlands

There were fewer regional variations for the proportion of people feeling that others in their neighbourhood do not get along or for the proportion of people feeling safe walking alone in their local area after dark; however, around one in 10 people living in London or living in the North West reported feeling that people living in their neighbourhood generally do not get along, compared with one in 13 nationally

Overall, London had the lowest proportion of people who felt positively about their neighbourhood across all measures and Northern Ireland the highest proportion across most measures.

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