Dorset and Devon are the most popular English counties

Dorset and Devon are the most popular English counties
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YouGov Profiles data reveals the most and least popular of 47 English counties

Newly released YouGov Profiles data on the opinions of more than 42,000 people towards 47 English counties reveals that Dorset and Devon top the popularity charts, with 92% saying that they like each of the counties.

The South West is actually home to four of the top five most liked counties – Cornwall places 3rd at 91% and Somerset 5th at 86%. The only county outside the South West to make the top five list is North Yorkshire, in 4th place at 87%.

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Only two other counties had a like rate of 80% or higher – Cumbria (85%) and the Isle of Wight (80%).

At the bottom of the table, Bedfordshire is the least liked county, with only 40% saying they like it. In a more distant second-from-last comes Northamptonshire on 47%, with Leicestershire third from bottom at 48%.

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The full list of rankings can be found below

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County % who like the county Rank
Dorset 92% 1
Devon 92% 2
Cornwall 91% 3
North Yorkshire 87% 4
Somerset 86% 5
Cumbria 85% 6
Isle of Wight 80% 7
Norfolk 79% 8
Northumberland 79% 9
Derbyshire 77% 10
Hampshire 75% 11
West Yorkshire 75% 12
Shropshire 74% 13
Oxfordshire 73% 14
Wiltshire 73% 15
Cheshire 72% 16
Gloucestershire 72% 17
East Riding of Yorkshire 71% 18
Warwickshire 71% 18
Suffolk 71% 20
West Sussex 71% 21
County Durham 70% 22
Lancashire 70% 23
Kent 70% 24
Herefordshire 69% 25
Worcestershire 68% 26
South Yorkshire 66% 27
Cambridgeshire 66% 28
East Sussex 65% 29
Tyne and Wear 64% 30
Lincolnshire 64% 31
Bristol 63% 32
Staffordshire 62% 33
Surrey 62% 34
Rutland 59% 35
Nottinghamshire 59% 36
Hertfordshire 59% 37
Greater London 58% 38
Buckinghamshire 57% 39
Berkshire 55% 40
Merseyside 55% 41
Greater Manchester 53% 42
Essex 50% 43
West Midlands 49% 44
Leicestershire 48% 45
Northamptonshire 47% 46
Bedfordshire 40% 47
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