Three East Lancashire towns have been named some of the worst places to live in England, but we think the areas are some of the best in the whole county.

Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley were ranked in the top 50 worst places to live in a 2021 survey by the satirical website, I Live Here, after a 'record-breaking' 125,681 people voted. 

Coming in at 28th, 35th and 38th respectively, the East Lancashire towns managed to avoid the top 10, dodging a wholly unjust and undignified berating from the website's contributors, unlike nearby Halifax, whose female residents were given a proper dressing down: "The lovely ladies are not chatted up in this town, they totter out of the nightclubs legless and sh*g in an alleyway. A truly awful town."

Sitting above Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington though was Lancashire's famous seaside resort, Blackpool, which managed to earn itself a top 20 spot, coming in at 15th.

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In 2019, Blackburn was branded 'a cross between Shameless and Star Wars' after coming-in at an undeserving tenth place in the league table of 'cr*p towns'.

Blackburn in top 10 on list of worst places to live in England

One person's scathing comments included the line: "Drug dealers, dole wasters, bums, guttersnipes, fallen women, young slappers and their steroid-pumped teenage boyfriends.

"It's a nightmare - a cross between Shameless and the Star Wars canteen."

Thankfully, no such comments were made about our beloved Blackburn this year, and just as well, because we love the town - it's got King George's Hall and the beautiful Witton Park, not to mention a great shopping precinct in the shape of The Mall.

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We also love Burnley, the town which gave us the Singing Ringing Tree and Towneley Hall.

Lancashire Telegraph: Accrington Town CentreAccrington Town Centre

And as for Accrington, well, there's Oswaldtwistle Mills and Haworth Park, and of course, Accrington Stanley - so what's not to love?

With that said then, do you think Accrington, Blackburn and Burnley deserve a bad reputation?

Let us know what you love about the towns in the comments below. 

Here is the top 50 list in full:

The Top 50

  1. Peterborough
  2. Huddersfield
  3. Liverpool
  4. Bradford
  5. Hull
  6. Wakefield
  7. Luton
  8. Jaywick
  9. Torquay
  10. Halifax
  11. Doncaster
  12. Keighley
  13. Castleford
  14. Barnsley
  15. Blackpool
  16. Grimsby
  17. Oldham
  18. Aylesbury
  19. Newton Abbot
  20. Wigan
  21. Swanley
  22. Andover
  23. Rochdale
  24. Slough
  25. Ipswich
  26. Sunderland
  27. Nottingham
  28. Blackburn
  29. Bolton
  30. Aldershot
  31. Middlesborough
  32. Croydon
  33. Boscombe
  34. Rotherham
  35. Accrington
  36. Stoke on trent
  37. Leicester
  38. Burnley
  39. Reading
  40. Southampton
  41. York
  42. Brandon
  43. Barking & Dagenham
  44. Didcot
  45. Northampton
  46. Walsall
  47. Chichester
  48. Wolverhampton
  49. Boston
  50. Sheffield