Friday 18 December 2015 10:12 am

The best 50 areas to live in the UK revealed: Hampshire and the South East dominate quality of life index

The South East is the best place to live in the UK according to a new quality of life index which is dominated by the home counties and surrounding areas.

Over half of the UK's top 50 places to live are in the South East, according to Halifax's annual list, which names Hart, a serene district in Hampshire, the best place to live in the UK for the fifth year in a row.

Seven of the top 10 places to live and 27 of the top 50 were areas in the South East on Halifax's annual list which measures a range of categories including residents' health and life expectancy, personal well-being, employment, a low crime rate and good weather to determine the best places to live.

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Richmond upon Thames was London's only representative on the list while the North of England, Scotland and Wales also had just one area between them.

South Oxfordshire climbed 19 places from last year to take second place behind Hart.

According to Halifax, residents in Hart rate themselves as the healthiest in the UK and are also ranked among the happiest, most satisfied, least anxious and highest percentage who believe what they do is worthwhile.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, such a quality of life comes at a cost – the average house price in Hart is eight times the average annual pre-tax local income.

The top 50 areas to live in the UK:

1. Hart, South East

2. South Oxfordshire, South East

3. Chiltern, South East

4. Winchester, South East

5. Rutland, East Midlands

6. Waverley, South East

7. Mole Valley, South East

8. Guildford, South East

9. South Cambridgeshire, East of England

10. Rushcliffe, East Midlands

11. Wokingham, South East

12. East Cambridgeshire, East of England

13. St Albans, East of England

14. South Northamptonshire, East Midlands

15. Horsham, South East

16. Mid Sussex, South East

17. St Edmundsbury, East of England

18. Eastleigh, South East

19. Epsom and Ewell, South East

20. Surrey Heath, South East

21. Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands

22. Richmond upon Thames, London

23. Uttlesford, East of England

24. Vale of White Horse, South East

25. Chelmsford, East of England

26. Sevenoaks, South East

27. Tunbridge Wells, South East

28. South Bucks, South East

29. Tonbridge and Malling, South East

30. North Kesteven, East Midlands

31. New Forest, South East

32. Chichester, South East

33. East Hampshire, South East

34. West Dorset, South West

35. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber

36. West Oxfordshire, South East

37. East Dorset, South West

38. North Dorset, South West

39. Harborough, East Midlands

40. Warwick, West Midlands

41. West Berkshire, South East

42. Wychavon, West Midlands

43. Windsor and Maidenhead, South East

44. Blaby, East Midlands

45. Mid Suffolk, East of England

46. South Norfolk, East of England

47. Basingstoke and Deane, South East

48. Wealden, South East

49. Test Valley, South East

50. East Hertfordshire, East of England