18th December 2015
The Hampshire district of Hart is the best place to live for quality of life in the UK.
For the fifth year in a row the Halifax Quality of Life Survey has named the area in the north-east of Hampshire as the best place to live.
It scored highly across a range of categories, including residents’ health and life expectancy, personal wellbeing, employment, crime rates and weather.
On average inhabitants of Hart are the healthiest in the UK, with 97% reporting themselves as in good health. Women living there can expect to live to 86.6 years and men to 82.4 years.
And according to the Office of National Statistics survey, the residents rate themselves among the happiest and most satisfied in the country, with people believing what they do is worthwhile and being the least anxious people in the country.
In addition, 84.5% of people have jobs compared to 72.9% overall in the UK, people earn above average wages with full-time gross weekly earnings of £865 – compared to the national average of £630.
However, all this does come at a cost and house prices are higher than the UK average, with an average house costing eight times the national annual pre-tax local income, compared to the national average of 6.8 times.
Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: ‘A mixture of good health, high wealth and a generally happy life continues to cement Hart’s place as the best place to live in the UK. Low crime rates, good weather, and a long life expectancy all play an important part in keeping this Hampshire district at the top of the pile.
‘Many areas in south eastern England also perform well in terms of average earnings, employment rates, health and the weather. But the south doesn’t have it all its own way, and there are areas in the north which score highly on school exam results, and physical environment characteristics such as low population densities and low traffic flows.’