The district of Uttlesford has been ranked the second most desirable place to live in the UK, climbing up six places since last year, according to the latest Halifax Quality of Life Survey.
Cllr Jim Ketteridge, leader of Uttlesford District Council said: “We are very pleased to hear that Uttlesford has been ranked so highly and that residents here enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle.”
“With 97 per cent of our residents in good health and 84 per cent in employment these are very encouraging statistics.
“I was particularly impressed to hear that residents in the district believe, more than in any other part of the UK, that what they do in life is worthwhile and as such they are among the most satisfied and happiest in the country. These are results that we should be proud of.”
The district has performed particularly well on a range of indicators to demonstrate its residents have the best quality of life.
Weekly average earnings are £819 and at 81.8 years men have a higher than average life expectancy.
But the survey did show that living Uttlesford is expensive, with an average house price to earnings ratio of 7.0.
The annual Halifax Quality of Life Survey takes a wide range of factors into account, including residents’ health and life expectancy, crime rate, weather, employment, school results, broadband access, and personal wellbeing.