It’s a new year and, again, it feels like the cost of living is becoming even higher.
However, if you think it’s expensive here, then a look at what’s being paid in London will put things into perspective.
The divide between London and Yorkshire prices is proving to be something of a chasm in 2016.
That applies to all aspects of a person’s livelihood, whether taking into account day-to-day essentials or leisure pursuits. We have conducted research into a variety of lifestyle areas, including; finding somewhere to live (buying or renting), earning a salary, travelling around a city, enjoying a pint of beer, going for a curry, and heading for the cinema. Whichever aspect is examined, there are huge differences between London and Yorkshire prices, even though London residents enjoy an average salary which is considerably higher than the average across Yorkshire.
So, just how big exactly are these disparities? Here we pick out the big cities from across the county - Leeds, Sheffield, York and Hull - and give you some of the figures which help illustrate the North/South divide. The results are very interesting.
How much are the average salaries?
• London - £40,752
• Yorkshire - £23,405
How much is the cheapest one-bedroom flat to buy in a central area?
• London - £374,950
• Leeds - £53,000
• Sheffield - £55,000
• York - £40,000
• Hull - £30,000
The figures from rightmove.com highlight why first-time buyers are struggling in London; they can expect to pay at least six times the price, compared to someone stepping on to the ladder in Yorkshire.
How much is a one-bedroom flat to rent for a month in a central area?
• London WC1A - £1,430
• Leeds LS8 - £595
• Sheffield S11 - £495
• York Y01 - £695
• Hull HU1 - £450
You can expect to pay at least twice as much - more than £700 extra per month - to rent in central London. Prices found on property comparison site Zoopla.com at time of writing.
• London - £3.92
• Yorkshire - £3.15
The Good Pub Guide’s findings highlighted the difference in average price between a pint of beer in our respective regions.
How much will it cost to get to work on public transport for a month?
• London - £146 (Zone 1-3, four-week travel card) or £81.50 for a monthly Oyster bus and tram pass
• Leeds - £55 (FirstMonth Adult bus pass)
• Sheffield - £44 (FirstMonth bus pass)
• York - £46 (FirstMonth Adult bus pass)
• Hull - £42 (four X £10.50 Hull Weekly Ticket, EYMS)
The respective companies’ figures show that you’ll be hit in the pocket if you’re relying on public transport in London.
How much will it cost to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
• London - £15.49
• Leeds - £9.99
• Sheffield - £9.29
• York - £9.99
• Hull - £9.79
We checked prices of seating for a showing on an early evening on Thursdays. Screen prices from Vue cinemas.
By using high-rated curry houses on popular travel website Tripadvisor, we discovered how we would spend for a vegetable snack, basic chicken dish with rice, and poppadoms.
• London - £18.65
• Leeds - £10.00
• Sheffield - £14.35
• York - £11.80
• Hull - £10.10