South Northamptonshire has been ranked as the seventh most desirable place to live in the UK in the annual Halifax Quality of Life survey.
The south of the county scored highly in a range of measures, including: residents’ health and life expectancy, overall well-being, employment, a low crime rate, relatively good weather, and good broadband internet access.
South Northamptonshire, which was ranked in third place last year, is one of only six areas outside the south of the UK ranked in the top 50.
The top five most desirable places were Hart Elmbridge and Winchester, all in the south east, followed by Rutland and Chiltern.
Martin Ellis, economist at Halifax, said: “A regional comparison shows many areas in southern England score strongly in categories such as the labour markets and health. Northern areas tend to perform well on education and lower house prices in relation to earnings. In Scotland and Wales, several areas enjoy low traffic flows and burglary rates.”