Harrogate offers best quality of life in the north - survey

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A quality of life survey has found Harrogate to be the best place to live in the north of England.

The town ranked 33rd nationally in the survey, behind towns in the South East, East Midlands and East of England.

The Hampshire district of Hart retained top spot as the most desirable place to live in the UK for the third year in a row in the research, carried out by Halifax.

The survey measures residents’ health and life expectancy, crime rate, weather, employment, school results, broadband access and personal wellbeing.

Coun Cliff Trotter, who represents the Stray ward on Harrogate Borough Council and who is also a member of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “I was talking to an estate agent the other day and he was saying it’s absolutely manic now, people wanting homes in Harrogate. Go anywhere in the world and you meet tourists and they say ‘What a beautiful place to live.’”

Ryedale was also placed in the top 50, coming in at 46.

The top 50 places to live in the UK are again dominated by the South East with almost half, 24, found in that region. The number of areas outside the South in the top 50 of the 2013 Halifax Quality of Life Survey has, however, doubled in the past 12 months to 12 and now includes South Northamptonshire, in third place, and Rushcliffe, in Nottingham, in seventh.

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