You could be living on the fright side of town.
If this year wasn’t scary enough as it is, turns out where you live could make it a whole lot spookier. According to OnlineMortgageAdvisor.co.uk, Liverpool was ranked in the top five spookiest towns and cities in the UK.
In order to get such horrifying results, the mortgage specialist took into consideration seven factors: the number of cemeteries, paranormal sightings, abandoned homes, spooky roads, safety at night, level of crime and annual sunshine.
Liverpool ranked a frightening fifth in the list of spookiest towns with a spooky score of 930, but was beaten to the top spot by the Welsh town of Newport, which scored 1070. As one of the largest cities in the UK, Liverpool also has a haunting number of cemeteries. With 47 recorded cemeteries in the city, it shares a score of 210 with Coventry and Northampton.
But that’s not the only factor that Liverpool scored highly on. The city has recorded 52 paranormal sightings, scoring a whopping 270, but beaten by Birmingham, Newport and Preston which all scored 300.
Luckily being in the north west of the country has its perks as Liverpool was ranked in the middle of the table for the number of abandoned homes. The data found that there are 3,856 abandoned homes in the city but when you compare it London, which recorded 24,677 abandoned homes, it is a lot more reassuring for us northerners. Perhaps, those abandoned homes are down to the extortionate London house prices!
However, we all know how often it chucks it down in Liverpool so you probably won’t be surprised to know that Liverpool’s annual sunshine is pretty low in contrast to other towns and cities. Just as well we’re not afraid of the dark as Scousers apparently get to enjoy around 1345.9 hours per year. The darkest places in the UK are Glasgow with only 1203.1 hours of annual sunshine, followed by Manchester (1212.4 hours), Armagh (1245.5 hours), Belfast (1246.9 hours) and Newry (1255.8 hours).
Have you ever found yourself walking alone on an unfamiliar road, only to look up at a sign telling you the road’s name is Dead Lane? Well, OnlineMortgageAdvisor.co.uk can reveal that there are a few spooky-named roads in the UK, but only one in Liverpool. Look out for All Hallows Drive next time you go for a wander.
OnlineMortgageAdvisor.co.uk calculated these scores by comparing each factor against the town or city’s population size.