I’ve followed the annual Halifax Quality of Life Surveys – Best Places to Live – since 2007. I’ve remarked on the inconsistent methodology for compiling the survey, HERE last year, and HERE about statistics.
I’ve not found the Halifax press release on their 2016 Quality of Life Survey on their website, or anywhere on the Lloyds Banking Group website – most annoying. I did find the Bank of Scotland press release on the Orkney Islands being second on the list. The Daily Mail’s article Do you live in one of the 50 best places to live? has extensive coverage of the survey. Here’s the table of the top 20 places. For the table of the top 50, go to the Daily Mail article. [Hatip to Daily Mail for graphic – click to expand].
- Winchester, South East
- Orkney Islands, Scotland
- Wychavon, West Midlands
- Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands
- Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber
- South Cambridgeshire, East of England
- Purbeck, South West
- St Albans, East of England
- Wokingham, South East
- Chiltern, South East
- West Oxfordshire, South East
- South Hams, South West
- South Oxfordshire, South East
- Tonbridge and Malling, South East
- West Dorset, South West
- South Northamptonshire, East Midlands
- Waverley, South East
- Shetland Islands, Scotland
- Horsham, South East
- City of London, London
Essentially, the survey is a Halifax marketing exercise. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, I reckon they rejigged the components specifically to ensure that Hart didn’t retain it’s position as number 1. The whole survey is suspect when one considers that Hart, the ‘best place to live’ in the Britain over the last five years fell to number 26 in this year’s survey. Surrey Heath, well placed in previous years, even becoming third one year doesn’t make it into the top 50. Decidedly odd.
Halifax said one reason was the inclusion of two new categories in its research – the number of pubs and the availability of leisure centres.