Two areas in London in 'top places to live' list

Hart has been crowned the best place to live in the UK five out of six times
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Hart has been crowned the best place to live in the UK five out of six times Credit Alamy

The best place to live in the United Kingdom is a commuter town in Hampshire.

The survey measures the quality of wellbeing, earnings, employment, crime rates, life expectancy and weather.

The number one place to live was Hart, in Hampshire, which has come first for six years in a row.

The Orkney Islands in Scotland took second place, followed by Rutland in the East Midlands, Wychavon in Worcestershire while last year's victor Winchester took fifth place.

Hart jumped the list from 26th place a year ago after scoring strongly in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) personal wellbeing survey.

Halifax named the quiet area as the top spot for 2017 in the latest annual results.

The study suggests that having such good quality of life comes at a price, with the cost of living in Hart much higher than in many other parts of the United Kingdom, with average house prices of £419,231 - around 8.8 times the average annual pre-tax local income, compared to the national average of 7.3.

And Hart residents enjoy 32.5 hours per week of sunshine, against the national average of 29.7 hours.

Westminster was voted the 13th best place to live, with the City of London coming in 18th.

"Along with Hart, many areas in southern England score strongly in categories including the labour markets and health. Northern areas tend to perform well on education and benefit from more affordable properties with lower house prices to earnings".

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