Halifax’s annual Quality of Life Survey was just released and crowned Hart in North East Hampshire as the UK’s best place to live.
The survey takes into account various factors including residents’ health, wellbeing, life expectancy, employment, crime rates, earnings, and the weather.
In the past six years, Hart has placed first a whopping five times. Also placing on top were the Orkney Islands in Scotland in second place, Rutland in the East Midlands and, last year’s winner, Winchester in fifth place.
But living somewhere like Hart comes with a price tag: the average house price in £419,231, which is 8.8 times the average annual pre-tax local income.
Hart residents enjoy benefits that include 32.5 hours of sunshine a week (versus the national average of 29,7 hours) and a long life expectancy.
The only areas of London to make it into the top 50 were Westminster at 13, the City of London at 18, Richmond at 35 and Kensington and Chelsea at 41.
Here are the top 20 places with the best quality of life in the UK in 2017, as determined by Halifax:
1. Hart, South East
2. Orkney Islands, Scotland
3. Rutland, East Midlands
4. Wychavon, West Midlands
5. Winchester, South East
6. Wokingham, South East
7. Waverley, South East
8. Craven, Yorkshire and the Humber
9. Richmondshire, Yorkshire and the Humber
10. Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands
11. Uttlesford, East of England
12. Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber
13. Westminster, London
14. South Oxfordshire, South East
15. St Albans, East of England
16. Tonbridge and Malling, South East
17. East Hertfordshire, East of England
18. City of London, London
19. Chiltern, South East
20. Rugby, West Midlands