Rutland named best rural place to live in Britain

View of Rutland Water taken at Barnsdale.'Photo: MSMP090113-004ow
View of Rutland Water taken at Barnsdale.'Photo: MSMP090113-004ow
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Rutland is the best rural place to live in Britain, according to a survey on national wellbeing.

The county came top of the annual Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, scoring highly in categories such as residents’ good health, rate of employment and weather.

Mortgages director at Halifax Craig McKinlay said Rutland residents could lay claim to having the highest standard of living in rural Britain.

“In terms of personal wellbeing and general good health, Rutland residents score among the highest in Great Britain,” he added. “And while house prices relative to earnings are above the rural average, Rutland still performs strongly in terms of average weekly earnings and a high employment rate.”

More than 96 per cent of residents reported good or fairly good health, while weekly earnings averaged £626. Rutland also has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, less rainfall per year than the national average and an adult population which is among the happpiest, most satisfied and content in Britain, according to the survey

But average house prices in Rutland are 6.7 times the average annual pre-tax local income, compared to the national average of 6.2.

Chiltern in Buckinghamshire was named as the second most desirable location to live, followed by Uttlesford in Essex.

South Kesteven was voted 14th best rural place to live.

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The full top 50 is:

1. Rutland, East Midlands

2. Chiltern, South East

3. Uttlesford, East of England

4. South Northamptonshire, East Midlands

5. Rushcliffe, East Midlands

6. Waverley, South East

7. South Cambridgeshire, East of England

8. Mid Sussex, South East

9. Huntingdonshire, East of England

10. South Oxfordshire, South East

11. Babergh, East of England

12. East Hertfordshire, East of England

13. West Oxfordshire, South East

14. South Kesteven, East Midlands

15. East Cambridgeshire, East of England

16. North Kesteven, East Midlands

17. Aylesbury Vale, South East

18. Tonbridge and Malling, South East

19. Wealden, South East

20. Mid Suffolk, East of England

21. Orkney Islands, Scotland

22. Hambleton, Yorkshire and The Humber

23. Richmondshire, Yorkshire and The Humber

24. Selby, Yorkshire and The Humber

25. Malvern Hills, West Midlands

26. Harborough, East Midlands

27. New Forest, South East

28. Vale of White Horse, South East

29. Wychavon, West Midlands

30. Tewkesbury, South West

31. South Derbyshire, East Midlands

32. St Edmundsbury, East of England

33. Tandridge, South East

34. South Staffordshire, West Midlands

35. South Norfolk, East of England

36. Ryedale, Yorkshire and The Humber

37. Test Valley, South East

38. West Berkshire, South East

39. East Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber

40. Shetland Islands, Scotland

41. Cherwell, South East

42. Suffolk Coastal, East of England

43. Cotswold, South West

44. North Dorset, South West

45. Wiltshire, South West

46. Monmouthshire, Wales

47. East Dorset, South West

48. Newark and Sherwood, East Midlands

49. Aberdeenshire, Scotland

50. Herefordshire, West Midlands