The northeastern city beat out 49 others to top the rankings for senior care, proximity to hospitals, parks and restaurants. And all 19 care homes in Durham have received rave reviews, giving them a total of 8.79 out of 10 points.
At the other end of the scale, Bradford in West Yorkshire turned out to be the worst place with a worrying overall score of 1.62 out of 10,
This is due to its poor care home review score of 0.2 and proximity to hospital score of 0.82, researchers for online care home search engine Lottie have found. org.
Swindon was the highest ranked southern town on the list, coming in second thanks to high scores for care home reviews, park access and proximity to hospital.
Despite the high overall rating of 8.7, the Wiltshire town’s poor restaurant quality rating of 3.88 kept it from coming out on top.
In third place was Doncaster with 8.43 out of 10, whose overall rating was boosted considerably by 9.8 ratings for access to the park and proximity to hospitals.
While the South Yorkshire town achieved strong scores in most categories, its care home score of 6.94 prevented it from placing higher.
An average care home rating of 6.33 puts Colchester in fourth place. With excellent scores for proximity to the hospital and access to the park, the city of Essex achieved an overall score of 8.26.
The study was conducted to find out the best and worst places for elderly care in the UK.
The researchers looked at the quality of care homes along with other factors such as the quality of local restaurants, access to local parkland, and proximity to the nearest hospital.
Every major city in the UK gets an average score out of ten when determining the best and worst places for retirees to live.
Care expert Will Donnelly, co-founder of Lottie.org, said: “Nursing home communities are much more than providing a high standard of care for an elderly person.
“After the past few years, it is more important than ever to provide the highest level of care for the older generation, but it must go beyond 24-hour support for their health.
“That’s why our new study included factors such as the quality of local restaurants and access to the local park.
“As you age, your physical appearance may change, but your interests, hobbies and values often remain the same.”
With a perfect score of 10 in its 22 care homes, fifth-placed Swansea proved to have the best care homes of any major city.
Unfortunately, the lack of green space meant a low score of 2.65 which prevented the South Wales town from achieving more than 7.73.
Peterborough in Cambridgeshire finished in sixth place thanks to its excellent proximity to the hospital and close to the River Nene Quay, Central Park and Stanley Park.
Despite an overall rating of 7.62, the Cathedral City nursing home assessment rating of 5.92 kept it from securing an even higher position.
Cardiff, seventh, was the second Welsh entry with an outstanding care home score of 9.8 contributing to an overall score of 7.37.
Sheffield were the penultimate entry with a score of 6.4 sufficient to secure ninth place.
Rounding out the top 10 was Solihull, with the Midlands City Park Access score contributing to an overall total of 6.38.
The north-east town of Stockton-on-Tees was second on the list of 10 major UK towns with the worst aged care.
It scored just 1.22 for average care home ratings. Like Bradford, Stockton scored poorly in most categories but was saved from last place thanks to a slightly improved Hospital Proximity score of 4.29.
Unlike neighboring Hampshire, Southampton – 8and on the top 10 list – Portsmouth has proven to be one of the poorest places for aged care.
With worrying scores in the care home and proximity to hospital assessment categories, the south coast town received a low score of 2.42, ranking it third worst place to live for retirees.