UK Uncensored: What People Think of the UK According to Google
Here at Premium Tours we know that the UK is one of the best countries in the world, filled with a plethora of fascinating and unique cities and towns.
So we thought it would be fun to take a look at what everyone else’s perceptions are of the UK, according to Google.
To do this we used Google autocomplete to find what Google suggested as the most searched adjective associated with every UK city. The results we must say were surprising, and most certainly to be taken with a pinch of salt.
We can’t say we agree with many of the suggestions Google threw up for our beloved UK cities, and we’re sure you wouldn’t either, but they did give us a giggle at least.
While some of the results were unfairly negative towards some of the UK’s wonderful cities the historic port city of Aberdeen for example is far more beautiful than Google suggests, and the harbour city of Hull is continuing to become an ever trendier tourist choice.
It wasn’t all negative though, the stunning Scottish capital of Edinburgh was deemed ‘awesome’, while Sheffield was celebrated as being ‘the greenest city in Europe’ and both Leeds and Bristol were crowned as ‘the best place to live’.
Google also picked up on the rivalry between university towns Oxford and Cambridge with the suggested result for Oxford being ‘is better than Cambridge’, while the same search for Cambridge suggested ‘is better than Oxford.’
We took the results for every city and used them to create a map of the UK based on people’s perceptions of each city according to Google.
Have a look at our map below to find out what Google suggests for your hometown, and view all the results in full detail in the table below.
|Bristol||The Best Place to Live|
|Cambridge||Better than Oxford|
|Derby||A Footballing Town|
|Hull||A Portal to Hell|
|Leeds||The Best Place to Live|
|City of London||Not London|
|Newcastle||The Best City|
|Norwich||The New Notting Hill|
|Nottingham||Full of Fun|
|Oxford||Better than Cambridge|
|Peterborough||A Good Place to Live|
|Sheffield||The Greenest City in Europe|
|St Albans||A Dump|
|Westminster||The Central of London|
|Winchester||England's Ancient Capital|
|Wolverhampton||Not in the Black Country|
|York||Conquered by Viking Forces|
|Swansea||The Graveyard of Ambition|
We gathered our data by using the search phrase ‘[city name] is’ in Google and noting the most relevant top autocomplete suggestion.
We did not include results that were the tagline from a political or commercial campaign, a company name, song lyrics or other such established phrases.
Data was not available for the following cities: Bath, Chichester, Ely, Lancaster, Lichfield, Lincoln, Ripon, Salisbury, Truro, Wells, Bangor, St Davids, Stirling, Armagh, Londonderry, Lisburn