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Having access to a good broadband connection is playing a key role in influencing how positively Brits view their local area, new research has suggested.

The fifth annual Quality of Life Survey from Halifax bank examined the top 50 best places to live in the UK by looking at factors such as local health, employment, housing, education, personal well-being, crime rates, weather and broadband connectivity.

For the fourth year running, the top spot was taken by Hart in North East Hampshire, where 95% of all households were found to have a good level of broadband access – compared to 87% for the UK as a whole.

At least 80% of households in local area districts were found to have access to superfast broadband (over 2Mbps).

Those areas include several parts of Greater Manchester (such as Manchester and Trafford), York, and Ards in Northern Ireland.

Among the best local authority districts for broadband connectivity were Manchester (North West), York (Yorkshire and the Humber), Southend-on-Sea (East of England), Brent (London), Woking (South East) and Ards (Northern Ireland).

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