These are the best places to live in the UK based on quality of life - how does your area compare?
We all might like to think of our little corner of the world as the best place to call home, but there are some parts for the UK that offer a better quality of life than others.
Areas across the country have been assessed on a variety of factors, with East Hertfordshire being crowned the UK’s best place to live, according to an annual quality of life survey.
Highest quality of life
The Halifax Quality of Life survey looks at how local authority areas compare based on 26 different factors that home buyers might consider when choosing a place to live.
These factors include employment, earnings, house affordability, health and well-being, education, traffic and crime rates.
The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures indicate that residents in East Hertfordshire are among the happiest and most content in the UK, with high average life expectancies.
People who live in this area of the UK generally feel fit and well, with 97 per cent reporting good or fairly good health.
Fareham, Hart and Horsham in the south east of England also ranked highly, along with Selby and Hambleton in the north.
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.
“Everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing a place to live, depending on time of life, and personal circumstances.
“Affordability will always be one of the most important factors, with getting a foot on the property ladder still difficult for some people.”
East Hertfordshire was crowned the best place to live in the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)
Where are the best places to live in the UK?
Listed are the top 50 places in the UK with the best quality of life, according to Halifax:
East Hertfordshire, East of England
Fareham, South East
Hart, South East
Horsham, South East
Maldon, East of England
Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber
Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber
Babergh, East of England
St Edmundsbury, East of England
Wokingham, South East
Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber
South Derbyshire, East Midlands
South Cambridgeshire, East of England
Tonbridge and Malling, South East
Rugby, West Midlands
Runnymede, South East
Wychavon, West Midlands
Woking, South East
Warwick, West Midlands
South Oxfordshire, South East
Rushcliffe, East Midlands
Huntingdonshire, East of England
Newark and Sherwood, East Midlands
Rushmoor, South East
Forest Heath, East of England
Elmbridge, South East
Wiltshire, South West
Gedling, East Midlands
North Dorset, South West
Rutland, East Midlands
Tewkesbury, South West
Rochford, East of England
Winchester, South East
Bracknell Forest, South East
Cherwell, South East
Central Bedfordshire, East of England
Charnwood, East Midlands
Forest of Dean, South West
Vale of White Horse, South East
West Berkshire, South East
New Forest, South East
North Warwickshire, West Midlands
Guildford, South East
Swindon, South West
Lichfield, West Midlands
Suffolk Coastal, East of England
York, Yorkshire and the Humber
Basingstoke and Deane, South East
Erewash, East Midlands