South Northants has been named among the three most desirable places to live in the UK in a new survey released this week.
The Halifax Quality of Life Survey saw the district soar from 27th in 2012 to third in the latest set of figures, behind only Hart in Hampshire and Uttlesford in Essex.
The most striking achievement for South Northants has been the relative rise in employment rate, which at 88.9 per cent is the highest in the UK against an average of 71 per cent. Councillor Rupert Fordham, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration, said: “This is just terrific news and a great boost for SNC’s Job Clubs, job matching service and Enterprise Club, which work hard to achieve these kinds of results.
“However, we will continue to do all we can to ensure that job vacancies are filled as quickly as possible, and the skills required by companies in the district are matched to those of the unemployed and those looking to change career.
“I would encourage anyone looking for work to register with us.”
The Quality of Life Survey is produced at a local authority district level for all 405 local authority districts in the United Kingdom.
It takes a wide range of factors into account including residents’ health and life expectancy, the crime rate, weather, employment, school results, broadband access and personal wellbeing.
Martin Ellis, economist at Halifax, said: “The old adage of health, wealth and happiness is the traditional measure of good quality of life.”
The top 50 places to live in the UK were dominated by the South East with 24 coming from the region, followed by East of England with 12.
Of the district authorities surrounding South Northants, only Aylesbury Vale made the top 50 in 44th spot.