It's become so expensive to live in Manchester there's a new north-south divide no-one expected
A new study has revealed that people living in Manchester are spending more of their monthly salary on bills than anywhere else in the UK.
Mancunians are typically spending nearly 80 per cent of their income after tax on things like food, rent, bills and travel costs - compared to just 66 per cent for those living in London.
The latest data comes from Money Supermarket, who have calculated how much the average person in the UK spends on their household bills each day.
Despite London often being quoted as the most expensive city, people living in the capital are now actually spending less of their monthly income on the cost of living compared to those living in Manchester.
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According to the research, which involved polling 2,000 people and extracting information from Money Supermarket's database, Mancunians spent £1,784.90 a month or £59.50 a day - £11 more than the UK average.
The city spends more on energy, phone contracts, car insurance, pet insurance than anywhere else in the country. And it ranks among the highest for broadband bills and school costs, including clothes and childcare.
We also have the highest spend on toiletries, gym membership, gaming and news subscriptions.
Despite Londoners having the highest average income - £30,302 - and spending an average of £55.72 on essential items per day, their higher income means people in the city spend among the lowest proportion of their income on bills.
In contrast, Mancunians typically have 76 per cent of their £28,158 average income committed each month, and have the lowest disposable income.
Southampton is the city with the biggest gap between daily cost and income