East Herts climbs to 14th in Halifax Quality of Life Survey
East Herts has jumped three places to 14th in the 2019 Halifax Quality of Life Survey – leapfrogging Uttlesford.
In the newly published review, Orkney has finally been crowned the UK’s best place to live, following the past two years as runner-up, knocking Hart in Hampshire off the top spot.
Richmondshire in North Yorkshire took second place, up from ninth, followed by Rutland in the East Midlands, Hambleton in North Yorkshire and Eden in Cumbria in fifth.
The survey evaluates factors such as traffic levels, burglary rates, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, average annual rainfall and sunshine, health, life expectancy, primary school class sizes, exam results, wages, home size, number of pubs and personal well-being.
More than half (28) of the top 50 places are now outside southern England, with eight in the East of England, including St Albans as regional champion and ninth overall. Uttlesford is in 18th, down from 11th.
Russell Galley, Halifax managing director, said: “Orkney has consistently been considered one of the best places to live in the UK and Orcadians will be delighted to hear they have now taken the crown. Its remote location may not be for everyone, but this comes with the benefit of having high employment, low crime rates, smaller class sizes and more affordable housing.”