These are the best places to live in the UK based on quality of life - how does your area compare?

By Claire Schofield
Friday, 31st January 2020, 3:43 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 3:44 pm
How did your area rank? (Photo: Shutterstock)
How did your area rank? (Photo: Shutterstock)

We all might like to think of our little corner of the world as the best place to call home, but there are some parts for the UK that offer a better quality of life than others.

Areas across the country have been assessed on a variety of factors, with East Hertfordshire being crowned the UK’s best place to live, according to an annual quality of life survey.

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    The Halifax Quality of Life survey looks at how local authority areas compare based on 26 different factors that home buyers might consider when choosing a place to live.

    These factors include employment, earnings, house affordability, health and well-being, education, traffic and crime rates.

    The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures indicate that residents in East Hertfordshire are among the happiest and most content in the UK, with high average life expectancies.

    People who live in this area of the UK generally feel fit and well, with 97 per cent reporting good or fairly good health.

    Fareham, Hart and Horsham in the south east of England also ranked highly, along with Selby and Hambleton in the north.

    Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said: “With bustling market towns and picturesque countryside, East Hertfordshire has topped the table thanks to high life expectancy, good schools and health and happiness scores, with high average earnings.

    “Everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing a place to live, depending on time of life, and personal circumstances.

    “Affordability will always be one of the most important factors, with getting a foot on the property ladder still difficult for some people.”

    East Hertfordshire was crowned the best place to live in the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)

    Where are the best places to live in the UK?

    Listed are the top 50 places in the UK with the best quality of life, according to Halifax:

    East Hertfordshire, East of England

    Fareham, South East

    Hart, South East

    Horsham, South East

    Maldon, East of England

    Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber

    Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber

    Babergh, East of England

    St Edmundsbury, East of England

    Wokingham, South East

    Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber

    South Derbyshire, East Midlands

    South Cambridgeshire, East of England

    Tonbridge and Malling, South East

    Rugby, West Midlands

    Runnymede, South East

    Wychavon, West Midlands

    Orkney, Scotland

    Woking, South East

    Warwick, West Midlands

    South Oxfordshire, South East

    Rushcliffe, East Midlands

    Huntingdonshire, East of England

    Newark and Sherwood, East Midlands

    Rushmoor, South East

    Forest Heath, East of England

    Elmbridge, South East

    Wiltshire, South West

    Gedling, East Midlands

    North Dorset, South West

    Rutland, East Midlands

    Tewkesbury, South West

    Rochford, East of England

    Winchester, South East

    Bracknell Forest, South East

    Cherwell, South East

    Central Bedfordshire, East of England

    Charnwood, East Midlands

    Forest of Dean, South West

    Vale of White Horse, South East

    West Berkshire, South East

    New Forest, South East

    North Warwickshire, West Midlands

    Guildford, South East

    Swindon, South West

    Lichfield, West Midlands

    Suffolk Coastal, East of England

    York, Yorkshire and the Humber

    Basingstoke and Deane, South East

    Erewash, East Midlands