Here are the 50 best places to live in the UK - only two in London

Bad news, Londoners – only two London areas are among the 50 best places to live in the UK.

To add insult to injury, the two areas, Kensington & Chelsea and Bromley, took only the 34th and 37th position on the whole list.

According to the Halifax Quality of Life Survey, the best place to live in the UK is Hart in Hampshire.

Here’s why Hart won:

  • The average life expectancy in Hart is the joint highest in the UK, with the male population typically living to the age of 83
  • More than 97% of Hart residents report being in good health
  • The average weekly wage in Hart is £839 compared to the UK average of £629
  • High employment rate, with four out of five 16 to 64-year-olds in work
  • Hart inhabitants enjoy 32.5 hours of sunshine per week compared with the national average of 29.5 hours

No areas from Wales, Northern Ireland or the south-west of England made the list.

The research, now in its ninth year, has been compiled by crunching data from the Office for National Statistics and the Met Office.

Martin Ellis, an economist at Halifax, said: “A regional comparison shows many areas in southern England score strongly in categories such as the labour markets and health.

“Northern areas tend to perform well on education and lower house prices in relation to earnings.

“In Scotland and Wales, several areas enjoy low traffic flows and burglary rates.”

Here are the top 50 best places to live in the UK:

1. Hart, South East
2. Elmbridge, South East
3. Winchester, South East
4. Rutland, East Midlands
5. Chiltern, South East
6. Uttlesford, East of England
7. South Northamptonshire, East Midlands
8. Rushcliffe, East Midlands
9. Wokingham, South East
10. Waverley, South East
11. Warwick, Warwickshire
12. St Albans, East of England
13. South Cambridgeshire, East of England
14. Sevenoaks, South East
15. Richmond upon Thames, South East
16. Bracknell Forest, South East
17. Mid Sussex, South East
18. Huntingdonshire, East of England
19. Mole Valley, South East
20. Surrey Heath, South East
21. South Oxfordshire, South East
22. Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire
23. Guildford, South East
24. Babergh, East of England
25. Chelmsford, East of England
26. Windsor and Maidenhead, South East
27. Reigate and Banstead, South East
28. East Hertfordshire, East of England
29. Basingstoke and Deane, South East
30. West Oxfordshire, South East
31. Tunbridge Wells, South East
32. North Hertfordshire, East of England
33. South Kesteven, East Midlands
34. Kensington and Chelsea, London
35. Rugby, West Midlands
36. Woking, South East
37. Bromley, London
38. Ashford, South East
39. East Cambridgeshire, East of England
40. North Kesteven, East Midlands
41. Aylesbury Vale, South East
42. Tonbridge and Malling, South East
43. Wealden, South East
44. Maidstone, South East
45. Mid Suffolk, East of England
46. Wycombe, South East
47. Orkney Islands, Scotland
48. Epsom and Ewell, South East
49. Central Bedfordshire, East of England
50. Hambleton, Yorkshire and The Humber

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