Liverpool and Manchester have ranked within the best 20 global cities published in Time Out’s Index for 2024. This official report is published annually, and is curated using a survey from more than 20,000 participants from across the world, with this year’s results coming as no surprise for those local to the North West of England. 

Whilst predominantly strong, working-class cities which were hit hard by redundancies, closures and cuts just a little over 30 years ago, nowadays Liverpool and Manchester are outranking cities like Los Angeles, Sydney, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, for the best places to live globally. 

In Time Out’s official index for this year, Manchester ranked as the 15th best city in the world, whilst Liverpool climbed the rankings even higher, taking the top spot for the 7th best global city. 

So, what is it about these two Northern cities that make them stand out as two of the best in the world? From world-class football teams to buzzing nightlife to vibrant communities to thriving arts and culture scenes to beautiful scenery, these two cities are not only great places to travel, but also offer a great quality of life. 

In this guide, we will be shining a spotlight on these two cities, pinpointing why they are two of the best cities across the globe. As property experts here at X1, our guide will also pinpoint why these cities are great investment locations! 

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Liverpool Spotlight

It’s not hard to decipher what it is about Liverpool which makes it a world-class destination. The city’s music scene has produced the likes of The Beatles, Echo & The Bunnymen, The La’s and The Zutons, whilst its sporting scene has two Premier League football teams, Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club. 

Liverpool is even a European Capital of Culture and is home to numerous top-tier museums and galleries such as the Open Eye Gallery, the Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery and the Museum of Liverpool, to name just a few. Its maritime history is also world-known, with the city’s docks having been a major commercial port in the 18th century. 

In recent years, this vibrant city has even hosted the iconic Eurovision Song Contest for its 67th year along with annually hosting the world’s most famous horse racing event, The Grand National, as well as the International Beatleweek. Whether its festivals, cultural events, sporting shows and more, there’s always something happening across the region year round. 

When it comes to affordability, average house prices in Liverpool are 18% less than the rest of the North West at £177,628, and a staggering 38% cheaper than the UK average. With low property prices and high rental demand, the city is currently one of the best locations in the UK to invest in buy-to-let properties. 

In essence, Liverpool is a city which is always adapting, with plenty of things to do and see, and luckily for locals, living here won’t break the bank. For those wanting to embark on their property investment journey in Liverpool, our expert team at X1 are on hand to help! 

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Manchester Spotlight

At X1, we’re here to provide you with an insight into what exactly it is that makes Manchester one of the top cities in the world to live and visit. Dubbed as the UK’s ‘Second City’, Manchester is vastly becoming more and more popular, for a variety of reasons. 

Manchester is one of the largest and most important cities in the UK, and some of its famous attributes include being the home of the first professional football league, being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and being the first city to have an inter-urban public railway.

Does Manchester deserve its place within Time Out’s best 20 global cities? With the Peak District National Park on its doorstep, a vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene, a wealth of cuisine on offer from all over the world, its vast sporting talent along with its celebrated music scene, we’d sure say so. 

As Manchester climbs the ranks as the 15th best city in the world, the city’s population is set to get higher and higher, making the demand for property increase too. 

Currently, the city is growing rapidly and attracting a large amount of investment, making it a great destination for those keen to get into the world of buy-to-let investments. 


So, there we have it, a full rundown on why exactly these two cities deserve their titles as world best. 

If you’re interested in finding your new home in Liverpool or Manchester, take a look at the properties we have available here at X1 Sales & Lettings.

Keen to understand what the next 5 years will look like for UK property investment? Take a read of our full guide here.