Hart Voted Best Place to Live in National Survey

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6th January 2012 17:12 - Public Consultation

The annual Halifax Quality of Life Survey has seen Hart, in Hampshire, voted as the best place to live in the UK.

Hart district, which has ranked second to the Surrey borough of Elmbridge for the past two years, has finally taken first place.

Taking the coveted crown came down to a range of factors, such as climate, health, education, employment and general wellbeing.

On average, the poll saw 95% of Hart residents reporting good or fairly good health. The level of life expectancy for men in the area at 81.7 years also measures above the national average of 78.

In addition, Hart has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and better weather than most UK districts - it receives less rain in a year compared to the national average, and almost three hours more sunshine a week than other parts of the country.

And despite the less than positive national economic outlook, Hart also scored well for employment, with almost three-quarters of residents aged between 16 and 64 in work. Weekly average earnings in the area stand at £841, which is 40% above the UK average of £606.

Nevertheless, the negative factor is that the average house price in Hart is more than six times the national average, indicating that a high standard of living does not come cheap.

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