The BEST Places To Live In England

By Gabby

13th July 2018

The BEST Places To Live In England

The top 50 best places to live in England have been shortlisted by a survey carried out by the Halifax quality of life survey. Who will take the top spot?

Factors taken in to account for rankings include: the housing market, the environment, education, personal wellbeing and leisure opportunities.

Having high employment levels, low crime rate, strong exam results and smaller primary school class sizes bump up the ranking of a place – with all these in favour may see a place appear on the list.

If you live in the UK- does your hometown rank on this best places list or on the WORST places to live?

15. Westminster, London

Coming in at number 15 is one of the biggest pulls for Britain in terms of tourism, given the houses of Parliament and Queenie herself lives there- it can’t be that bad, can it?

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14. East Hertfordshire, East of England

It even just sounds nice, doesn’t it? You’ll notice the trend in these results as you go through the list- Northern areas perform overwhelmingly worse than Southern areas, which shows in the higher house prices when compared with those up North, who benefit from lower house costs.

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13. Hart, South East

This was actually the place that took top spot in Halifax’s 2017 survey of the best places to call home in England. It plummeted a massive 12 places in the two years, but sitting at number 13 of everywhere in England isn’t to be sniffed at, surely?

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12. Waverley, South East

The borough of Waverley is situated in Surrey, which says it all really- it’s got itself a pretty good rep for being one of the most esteemed counties to live in the whole country.

You get the best of both worlds here- the rurality of the countryside, whilst having access to excellent transport links which will take you in to the capital within an hour.

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11.Vale of White Horse, South East

With a name like that, it deserves to be up there with the big dogs! The South East are getting a bit greedy with this now- it seems the PLACE to be.

With the name coming from a pathway (see below) shaped (funnily enough) like a horse, it boasts some of the very best countryside and rolling hills that our country has to offer.

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10. Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands

Now we’re moving a bit further up North (still not quite Manchester is it). Taking the spot for tenth best place to live in England, is another rural gem. The relatively low population and much of the district being situated in the Peak District makes for a rather serene and happy place to live.

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9. St. Albans, East of England

Going East again for ninth spot is the small city of St. Albans in Hertfordshire. Historically known as the Roman city of Verulamium, it was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street. The history held there, shown in its beautiful buildings, paired with its closeness to London makes it unique and earns its place at number nine.

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8. Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber

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In the Vale of Pickering lies the Ryedale district- a low-lying area of land drained by the River Derwent and scattered with villages and market towns. You can just picture the scene here- everyone knows everyone and there’s markets galore on Sunday mornings.

7. Cotswold, South West

It even just sounds nice this one, like a remote island in the Mediterranean. It might not an island, but it’s a remote village in the South East of England who are distant from the hustle and bustle and stress of the bigger cities.

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6. South Oxfordshire, South East

The South East continues its streak with South Oxfordshire. There’s not too much to say about this one, other than it’s very green. Is anyone surprised to see no big cities making the cut? Country life seems the best life…

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5. Eden, North West

Ah, finally a different point on the compass! Distinct to the Eden Project (that’s actually at the bottom in Cornwall), Eden is situated in Cumbria and gets its name from the river Eden that runs through it.

It’s the eighth largest district in England and encompasses parts of both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. A pretty chilled place to live then…

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4. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber

Another district of North Yorkshire making the cut. Not particularly any major points of interest there, just a lot of happy people and rolling hills. Get me a one way ticket there…

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3. Rutland, East Midlands

This landlocked country in the East Midlands looks like it could be abroad with scenes like that. It’s only 18 miles long and 17 miles in breadth, but still manages to be the third best place to live in England. They do say it’s all about quality, not quantity!

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2. Richmondshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

Richmondshire in North Yorkshire was previously ranked at number 9 back in 2017, but has stormed ahead NINE places since.


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…TOP SPOT- Orkney, Scotland

Typical England- the place that took top spot isn’t actually in England (it’s in Scotland). Russell galley managing director of Halifax said Orkney, Scotland, was a ‘divinely attractive’ place to reside, given its remote location. So if you’re thinking of making a move outside of England, you might not have to go too far afield to find what you’re looking for.

Orkney has consistently ranked highly, but Orcadians will be delighted that their hometown has moved up a place since 2017 when they just missed out on the top spot.

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