Revealed: The best place to live in the UK

East Hertfordshire town

The areas are judged on a number of factors including health and wellbeing, crime rates, education and employment.

An aerial view of Bishop's Stortford
An aerial view of Bishop’s Stortford in East Hertfordshire

East Hertfordshire has been named the UK‘s best place to live, according to a survey.

The Halifax Quality of Life annual survey said the area – which contains a number of popular market towns – had hit the top spot due to strong exam results, high life expectancy, excellent health and happiness scores, as well as high average earnings.

Areas of the UK are judged on 26 different factors including employment, earnings, housing affordability, health and wellbeing, education, traffic and crime rates.

Halifax said the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures revealed 97% of people in East Hertfordshire reported having good or fairly good health.

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.”

The Hampshire market towns of Fareham and Hart came in second and third place, and Horsham in West Sussex in fourth. Maldon in Essex also made the top five.

The South East and the East of England each featured four times in the top 10, while Selby and Hambleton in the North also claimed two spots.

In the top 50, places in the South East featured 18 times.

The River Thames
The River Thames in Richmond, west London

Only two areas in London, Richmond upon Thames and Kensington and Chelsea, made the top 100.

Scotland’s highest ranking area was Orkney at number 18, while Wales reached 126th with the Vale of Glamorgan.

Northern Ireland’s highest placing was Lisburn and Castlereagh at 131.

Here are the top 10 best places to live:

1. East Hertfordshire, East of England

A canal
East Hertfordshire, East of England has been voted the best place to live in the UK

2. Fareham, South East

3. Hart, South East

4. Horsham, South East

5. Maldon, East of England

6. Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber

A church in Selby
Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber

7. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber

8. Babergh, East of England

A river in front of a house
In 8th place – Babergh, East of England

9. St Edmundsbury, East of England

A church and it's garden in St Edmundsbury
St Edmundsbury in the East of England came in 9th

10. Wokingham, South East

And here are the other areas which made the top 50:

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

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