The best place to live in the UK revealed

The district of Hart in Hampshire is the best place to live in the UK, according to this year’s Halifax Quality of Life survey.

The bank ranked local authority districts based on factors including residents' health and life expectancy, employment, earnings, crime rate, weather, traffic flow and broadband internet access.

Here are the top ten places in the UK:

  1. Hart, Hampshire
  2. Elmbridge, Surrey
  3. Wokingham, Berkshire
  4. East Cambridgeshire
  5. Brentwood, Essex
  6. Wychavon, Worcestershire
  7. St Albans, Hertfordshire
  8. Maidstone, Kent
  9. South Cambridgeshire
  10. Epsom and Ewell, Surrey

Elmbridge had held the top spot for the past three years. Hart residents enjoy weekly average earnings of £841, 40% above the UK average of £606. But average house prices are 6.3 times average annual local earnings, compared to the UK average of 5.25.

The top 50 places list is dominated by areas in southern England, with 27 in the south east and 15 in the east.

But there’s a north-south divide in several categories. The south scores highly for weekly earnings, health, life expectancy and weather. Whereas the north is strong on low house price to earnings ratios, low population densities and low traffic flow.


Top places in each region

Region

Local authority district

Quality of Life ranking

South East England

Hart

1

South West England

Tewkesbury

72

London

Richmond-upon-Thames

11

East of England

East Cambridgeshire

4

East Midlands

Rushcliffe

16

West Midlands

Wychavon

6

Yorkshire and the Humber

Selby

68

North West England

Warrington

122

North East England

Northumberland

162

Scotland

Shetland Islands

98

Wales

Monmouthshire

234

Northern Ireland

North Down

275

Halifax says there are now only 26 areas across the UK where the average house price to earnings ratio is lower than the UK long-term average of four times salary.

Pendle in Lancashire has the lowest ratio at 3.5 times, with North Ayrshire and Blaenau Gwent at 3.6.

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