Ever wondered how your local area stacks up against the rest of the country when it comes to quality of life? Well, Halifax have done the hard work for you and revealed which area in the country deserves the title of the best place to live in the United Kingdom as decided by their annual Quality of Life survey.
Having been close to the top of the table for the last two years running, the Orkney Islands, located at the very top of Scotland has taken this year’s crown. The decision is made based on a range of criteria, including housing, education, opportunities for work, health and how the residents of that particular area feel about the place that they call home. Orkney fared particularly well in all aspects, as you can imagine, with a low crime rate and strong exam results to boot.
The entirety of the top five this year is located above the capital or in the North, with a shift away from locations in the South East and West in the very top tier. This is down to better housing affordability, less crime and quieter roads as compared with the South of England.
The survey’s top ten is as follows:
1. Orkney, Scotland
2. Richmondshire, Yorkshire and the Humber
3. Rutland, East Midlands
4. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber
5. Eden, North West
6. South Oxfordshire, South East
7. Cotswold, South West
8. Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber
9. St Albans, East of England
10. Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands
Managing director of Halifax, Russell Galley, offered the following: "Orkney has consistently been considered one of the best places to live in the UK and Orcadians will be delighted to hear they have now taken the crown.
"Its remote location may not be for everyone, but this comes with the benefit of having high employment, low crime rates, smaller class sizes and more affordable housing.
"While the South East continues to have the most locations in the top 50, we've seen northern areas perform particularly well on education, while they also benefit from lower house prices when compared to average earnings."
To view the top 50 and find out if your area has a spot in the prestigious list, click here!