Where is the best place to live in the UK?
According to a recent survey, Hart has been declared the best place to live in the UK for the fifth year in a row. This is due to the happiness and health of the people that live there, the high employment rates, good weather and strong earnings. Halifax’s Quality of Life survey investigated different areas residents viewed as important to determining a good location to settle down. Some prioritised traffic flow, good schools and even simply good weather.
If it’s money you’re looking for, Kensington and Chelsea was the place for the highest weekly earnings at an average of £1,238. London also came out with the four highest earning districts on the list. Overall Kensington and Chelsea came 90th out of 250 places.
Winchester and the Orkney Islands had the highest rates of employment with Winchester only marginally having the edge with 87.4%. Winchester scored highly in most categories scoring 4th on the list.
Having a big house for an affordable price wasn’t likely in Hammersmith and Fulham, with the house prices averaging 3.5 times the typical earnings. However, Antrim and Newtownabbey in Belfast was ranked the most affordable place to buy a house in the UK. Unfortunately though, it only came 244th on the list.
Good weather was one of the most prioritised categories on the list. Research revealed that Castle Point was the place it rained the least during the year, while the Isle of Wight has the most sunshine. Overall the Isle of Wight scored 98th place.
The Shetland Islands could produce the cleverest children with 84.3% of people aged 15 and over have at least 5 GCSE’s graded A-C. While the Isle of Wight has the lowest GCSE turnout in the country.
If it’s a happy, stress free life you desire, it’s Nuneaton and Bedworth you’ll feel the least anxious, with an anxiety level of 1.8 out of 10. Residents of Fermanagh and Omagh in Northern Ireland are the happiest with a happiness rating of 8.26/10 in line with research from the Office of National Statistics. Dover was reportedly the most unhappy with a score of 7.03/10.
Depending on what you see as a priority for the ultimate place to live, the research has certainly highlighted the vast variety of the UK.
Aislinn Devlin, Pali Ltd
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