19 December 2016
Winchester is the best place to live in the UK in terms of quality of life, a study has found. Scotland’s Orkney Islands took second place, while Wychavon in Worcestershire came third in the Halifax study. It looked at a range of factors including life expectancy, health and employment rates. One key measure was Winchester’s weekly earnings which, at £824, were found to be 27% higher than the UK average of £646.
The Derbyshire Dales, Hambleton in North Yorkshire, South Cambridgeshire, Purbeck in Dorset, St Albans in Hertfordshire, Wokingham in Berkshire and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire also featured in the top 10. Winchester: An alternative guide to the ‘best place to live in UK’ Crime, education, broadband access, population densities and the weather were also taken into account in the study.
The study found 96.6% of Winchester residents reported being in good or fairly good health, compared to a national average of 94.6%. Life expectancy rates in Winchester were also higher than the national average, with men in the city expected to live to about 82 and women to about 85. Crime rates in the city were also found to be among the lowest in the country.