Living the dream - Britain’s 50 best places to live revealed – does your hometown make the list?
EAST Hertfordshire has been crowned as the best place to live in Britain, according to a quality of life survey.
Boasting an array of popular market towns, such as Bishop's Stortford and Hertford, East Hertfordshire scooped the top spot after scoring well on several factors.
Its recognition was also due to strong exam results, high life expectancy, excellent health and happiness scores, and high average earnings.
It was followed by Fareham, Hart and Horsham — all in the South — in the annual Halifax Quality of Life survey.
The South East and the East of England both feature four times within the top 10, while the North also makes the line-up due to Selby and Hambleton, which are ranked sixth and seventh respectively.
Russell Galley, who led the survey, explained that East Hertfordshire was deserving of the top spot after 97% of respondents reported having good or fairly good health.
"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," he affirmed.
"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 has topped the table thanks to high life expectancy, good schools and health and happiness scores, with high average earnings
Geographically, the South East of England — the most populous of the nine official regions — is the best part of the UK to live, with 18 spots cementing a place within the top 50.
But just two London areas make the top 100, Richmond upon Thames (placed at 64) and Kensington and Chelsea (79th).
Wales's highest placing is the Vale of Glamorgan at 126th. Scotland's is Orkney at number 18 overall and Northern Ireland's is Lisburn and Castlereagh at 131.
The 50 best places to live in Britain
1. East Hertfordshire, East of England 2. Fareham, South East 3. Hart, South East 4. Horsham, South East 5. Maldon, East of England 6. Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber 7. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber 8. Babergh, East of England 9. St Edmundsbury, East of England 10. Wokingham, South East 11. Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber 12. South Derbyshire, East Midlands 13. South Cambridgeshire, East of England 14. Tonbridge and Malling, South East 15. Rugby, West Midlands 16. Runnymede, South East 17. Wychavon, West Midlands 18. Orkney, Scotland 19. Woking, South East 20. Warwick, West Midlands 21. South Oxfordshire, South East 22. Rushcliffe, East Midlands 23. Huntingdonshire, East of England 24. Newark and Sherwood, East Midlands 25. Rushmoor, South East 26. Forest Heath, East of England 27. Elmbridge, South East 28. Wiltshire, South West 29. Gedling, East Midlands 30. North Dorset, South West 31. Rutland, East Midlands 32. Tewkesbury, South West 33. Rochford, East of England 34. Winchester, South East 35. Bracknell Forest, South East 36. Cherwell, South East 37. Central Bedfordshire, East of England 38. Charnwood, East Midlands 39. Forest of Dean, South West 40. Vale of White Horse, South East 41. West Berkshire, South East 42. New Forest, South East 43. North Warwickshire, West Midlands 44. Guildford, South East 45. Swindon, South West 46. Lichfield, West Midlands 47. Suffolk Coastal, East of England 48. York, Yorkshire and the Humber 49. Basingstoke and Deane, South East 50. Erewash, East Midlands