Hart district has once again been named as one of the best places to live, coming third in the top 50 local authorities in the UK.
The Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2020 looks at local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales, and takes into consideration 26 different factors that homebuyers may consider when choosing a place to live.
In addition, for the first time, the research also takes into account how important the survey factors are to people looking to find the perfect property, with affordability, safety, and access to parks and green spaces all proving most essential according to UK adults.
Hart scored highly on general health and happiness and on life expectancy, where males can expect to live an average of 82.5 years, three years above the national average, and females to 85, two years above the national average. Resident also reported high life satisfaction - 8.2 out of 10 on average, compared to 7.8 for the UK. Employment levels are also significantly higher for Hart at 87.2% in Hart, compared to 75% for the rest of the country.
Councillor David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see that residents consistently rate Hart as one of the best places to live in the country. We are proud of our thriving local economy, clean, green and safe environment, and high life expectancy which contribute to our excellent health and happiness scores.
“As a Council, we are committed to delivering the best services we can for our community and continue to ensure Hart remains a great place to live and work.”