Neighbouring South Oxfordshire, of which nearby Thame is one of the jewels in the crown, has jumped 19 places from 21st to second most desirable place to live according to a new survey.
The 2015 Halifax Quality of Life Survey reports that residents of South Oxfordshire tend to be in fine fettle, with 97% of good health.
There is a high average female life expectancy of 84.7 years - a full three years longer than males (81.7 years) while the employment rate is 81% and those in full time occupation typically enjoy high incomes with weekly average earnings of £863.
Residents rate themselves as happy and content with a high level of life satisfaction and not a great deal of anxiety.
Residents in the South East tend to enjoy the best quality of life with over half (27) of the top rated 50 local authorities based here.
The East of England rates well with close to a fifth (9) of the local authorities placed in the top 50. The remainder is split between three in West Midlands, three in the South West, six in East Midlands and one each in London and Yorkshire and the Humber.
Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: “Many areas in south eastern England also perform well in terms of average earnings, employment rates, health and the weather.
“But the South doesn’t have it all its own way, and there are areas in the North which score highly on school exam results, and physical environment characteristics such as low population densities and low traffic flows.”
And it was Hart, in north east Hampshire, which beat South Oxforshire to top spot, cementing its position as the best place to live for the fifth year in succession.
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