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London is officially incredibly unfriendly.

The Legatum Institute conduct yearly rankings of the most prosperous countries in the world, as well as the most prosperous areas of the UK.

One of the subindices of the 2016 rankings is a measurement of 'Social Capital', which looks at the strength of social networks among local communities, of social norms of community participation and of trust.

In short, the most welcoming and supportive communities tend to do well in this subindex.

Here's an interactive map of the 'Social Capital' rankings:

Oh dear London, that's an unwelcoming sea of red.

The Social Capital Subindex was based on a number of metrics, including the per cent of waste that is recycled (which Inverclyde performed best for with 56.8 per cent), the level of volunteering in the last month (Western Isles, 50 per cent), voter turnout in local elections (Fermanagh and Omagh, 61.2 per cent), trust in people (Northern Ireland 73.1 per cent), housing costs and affordability and support from friends and family.

The ten best performing areas for this subindex were as follows:

  • Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
  • Mid Ulster
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • West Somerset
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • Belfast
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Stirling
  • Cherwell

The ten worst performing were:

  • Westminster
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Brent
  • Camden
  • Hackney
  • Newham
  • Lewisham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Haringey
  • Hounslow

Yep, all the top ten were London Boroughs.

The report said:

Social capital - when community-focused - has the potential to supercharge prosperity through localism, using direct community level decision-making. When social capital is more identity-based, however, this is harder to achieve.

The message is clear - don't move to London and expect to be welcomed with the warm glow of community spirit.

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