In terms of prosperity rank, more prosperous is cream, less prosperous is blue.(Picture: CartoDB/Louis Doré). To see a full version of the map you can zoom into click here

Wolverhampton is the least prosperous place to live in the UK, according to a new study.

Using measurable factors of economic success and government figures of local residents’ reported wellbeing, the Legatum Institute put Wolverhampton last out of 170 areas ranked for their prosperity.

The most prosperous area was Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea.

Life satisfaction was rated from 0-10 in the government statistics, whereas prosperity was measured by the institute between 0-1.

The most prosperous places in the UK are:

The least prosperous places in the UK are:

All but one of the top five most prosperous places in the think tank's index are in London - while the five least are all in the Midlands or the North.

Sian Hansen, executive director of the Legatum Institute, said:

Wolverhampton's citizens report the lowest levels of satisfaction with their lives in the whole country. Residents of Wolverhampton are almost twice as likely to be unemployed, and are more likely to be claiming a working-age benefit. A lack of opportunity not only makes the area poorer but perhaps more importantly it makes people feel more unhappy.

To browse the full index, see the interactive map below:

(Note: Some areas of Scotland are not represented in the data)

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