The quiet district of Hart in North East Hampshire has reclaimed the crown as the UK’s best place to live for the fifth time in six years, according to the 2017 Halifax Quality of Life Survey.
Hart has catapulted back into the top spot based on residents' health and life expectancy, wellbeing, earnings, employment, a low crime rate and relatively good weather.
However, having such great quality of life would appear to come at a price, with the cost of living in Hart much higher than in many other parts of the UK – and an average house price of £419,231 standing at 8.8 times the average annual pre-tax local income, compared to the national average of 7.3.
Hart moved from 26th position last year having improved relative to other local authorities on average earnings, employment rate and in the ONS personal well-being survey, where it also scored strongly compared to 2016.
The Orkney Islands have taken second place, followed by Rutland in the East Midlands, Wychavon in Worcestershire, last year’s winner Winchester in fifth place, dropping in three of the four categories in the ONS personal well-being survey but still scoring strongly on employment rate, earnings, good health and life expectancy.
Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, said: “Hart seems to have been offering residents an unrivalled mix of living standards for five of the last six years, seeing employment rates, average earnings and ONS personal wellbeing rankings bounce back after falling from the top spot last year.
“Along with Hart, many areas in southern England score strongly in categories including the labour markets and health. Northern areas tend to perform well on education and benefit from more affordable properties with lower house prices to earnings.”
Original source - https://www.halifax.co.uk/