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Bury St Edmunds ranks in the top 10 in quality of life survey

Bury St Edmunds is one of the top 10 best place to live in the UK, according to an annual quality of life survey by the Halifax Bank.

The Halifax Quality of Life survey looks at how local authority areas compare, and takes into consideration different factors, including exam results, high average earnings, life expectancy and crime rates.

It is designed for home buyers who may be looking for a different place to live.

A view of the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. (28067217)
A view of the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. (28067217)

Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, said: "While the South East continues to have the most locations in the top 50, we’ve seen Northern areas perform particularly well on education while they also benefit from lower

house prices when compared to average earnings."

Halifax said the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures indicate adults living in East Hertfordshire are among the most happy and content in the UK, with high average life expectancies.

Residents generally feel fit and well, with more than nine in 10 (97 per cent) reporting good or fairly good health.

Only two areas of London made the top 100 – Richmond upon Thames (64) and Kensington and Chelsea (79) – whereas Wales’s highest placing was the Vale of Glamorgan (126), Scotland's was Orkney (18) and Northern Ireland’s was Lisburn and Castlereagh at 131.

The top 50 places in the UK, according to Halifax:

1. East Hertfordshire, East of England

2. Fareham, South East

3. Hart, South East

4. Horsham, South East

5. Maldon, East of England

6. Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber

7. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber

8. Babergh, East of England

9. St Edmundsbury, East of England

10. Wokingham, South East

11. Ryedale, Yorkshire and the Humber

12. South Derbyshire, East Midlands

13. South Cambridgeshire, East of England

14. Tonbridge and Malling, South East

15. Rugby, West Midlands

16. Runnymede, South East

17. Wychavon, West Midlands

18. Orkney, Scotland

19. Woking, South East

20. Warwick, West Midlands

21. South Oxfordshire, South East

22. Rushcliffe, East Midlands

23. Huntingdonshire, East of England

24. Newark and Sherwood, East Midlands

25. Rushmoor, South East

26. Forest Heath, East of England

27. Elmbridge, South East

28. Wiltshire, South West

29. Gedling, East Midlands

30. North Dorset, South West

31. Rutland, East Midlands

32. Tewkesbury, South West

33. Rochford, East of England

34. Winchester, South East

35. Bracknell Forest, South East

36. Cherwell, South East

37. Central Bedfordshire, East of England

38. Charnwood, East Midlands

39. Forest of Dean, South West

40. Vale of White Horse, South East

41. West Berkshire, South East

42. New Forest, South East

43. North Warwickshire, West Midlands

44. Guildford, South East

45. Swindon, South West

46. Lichfield, West Midlands

47. Suffolk Coastal, East of England

48. York, Yorkshire and the Humber

49. Basingstoke and Deane, South East

50. Erewash, East Midlands

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