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Hertfordshire ranks 3rd in the top 10 places to live 2015

Find out why Hertfordshire is one of the best places to move to in the UK:

If you are looking for the best places to live in the UK, you probably have your own ideas about which factors matter most in giving you the best quality of life for your money. uSwitch has carried out a statistical analysis of 138 different UK cities and areas, using a wide range of data for things like job prospects, income, cost of living, and even other factors that make life easier like broadband speeds and mobile phone coverage, to create a picture of the best and worst places in the UK to live.

In the uSwitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index study, Hertfordshire came third after Edinburgh in first place and Solihull in second, and was one of the few locations whose rank stayed the same from the last time the analysis was done in 2013.

Employment

Hertfordshire has the best employment stats in all of the UK, and while it is third overall for quality of life, it ranks highest on the percentage of people employed of all of our top 10 at 78%. 43% of Hertfordshire's inhabitants work standard full time working hours, which are classified as between 35-45 hours a week. Any more than 45 hours is seen as a bad thing statistically as it implies a poor work life balance or that people need to work too many hours to make ends meet, and in Hertfordshire only 29% of people are doing this.

Income

The gross weekly income in Hertfordshire is £550.21, which is considerably above average for the UK, and Hertfordshire's households also have the highest average disposable income of our top ten, with £21,889 per year to spend.

House Prices

House prices are an area where Hertfordshire doesn't score so well against others in the top 10, with the average home selling for £293,344.50 – the highest of our top ten NUTS 1 regions. Similarly, rent is also comparatively high at £84.19, though this is actually slightly cheaper than our number one best place to live in the UK – Edinburgh.

Home values in Hertfordshire

Of course, it is expected that an area with high disposable income and high employment would have fairly high property prices, so Hertfordshire's expensive houses are not really a surprise. If you're looking to buy in Hertfordshire and need a mortgage, compare rates today.

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy figures in Hertfordshire are above average, and there is a smaller gap between men and women than in other regions, with men on average living to 81 and women to 84.

Living Costs

Household food bills are somewhat higher in Hertfordshire than in most other places on the top ten, at £60.10 per week – only Berkshire, which is in 6th place, is more expensive on this front, however, again, this is probably a product of the high disposable income people in the area have.

Living Costs

People in Hertfordshire enjoy great access to modern services, with 99% mobile phone coverage throughout the region, and average broadband speeds at a very high 29.7mbps. Compare broadband packages to ensure you're on the cheapest deal for your area.

Hertfordshire is one of the best places to live in the UK thanks to the good economic situation there, and great services.

More to life than rankings

At uSwitch, we know that there is more to life than rankings, stats and figures, and our Qualify of Life Index merely highlights the vast differences in the experiences of people across the UK.

Whether you're living in the best city or the worst, millions of households in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland face financial struggles including rising energy bills and credit card debt. That's why it's more important than ever for households to assess their budgets, and uSwitch.com offers a great way to start.

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Place to Live 2015 — Where did your region rank?

2015 Rank Region Rank Change from 2013
1 Edinburgh +97
2 Solihull -1
3 Hertfordshire No Change
4 Northumberland +4
5 South Lanarkshire +55
6 Berkshire +3
7 Darlington +18
8 North Lanarkshire +98
9 York +6
10 Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire +102
11 Surrey -6
12 South Nottinghamshire -8
13 Central Bedfordshire +18
14 Wirral +13
15 Outer London - South +3
16 Warwickshire -10
17 Bath & North East Somerset; North Somerset & South Gloucestershire +3
18 Hampshire -5
19 Orkney Islands +86
20 Cheshire East -8
21 Tyneside -7
22 West Cumbria +41
23 Derby +14
24 Cornwall & Isles of Scilly +42
25 East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire; Helensburgh & Lomond +59
26 North Yorkshire -24
27 Swindon -8
28 Coventry +36
29 Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire +46
30 Calerdale & Kirklees +12
31 Worcestshire +13
32 Warrington -4
33 Outer London North & West +22
34 Leicestershire & Rutland +6
35 Birmingham +38
36 Falkirk +75
37 Sunderland -11
38 East Lothian & Midlothian +90
39 Cambridgshire -9
40 Telford & Wrekin +1
41 Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees +14
42 Cheshire West -26
43 Durham -19
44 Buckinghamshire -33
45 Gwynedd +81
46 Bournemouth & Poole +34
47 Bristol +25
48 Sheffield -19
49 Walsall +41
50 West Northamptonshire +11
51 Glasgow +84
52 Flintshire & Wrexham +60
53 Oxfordshire -43
54 Scottish Borders +83
55 Gloucestershire -48
56 Sefton -8
57 Staffordshire -19
58 Conwy & Denbighshire +71
59 Plymouth +30
60 Greater Manchester North -11
61 [joint] Leeds -26
61 [joint] Perth & Kinross and Sterling +41
63 Southend-on-Sea +22
64 South & West Derbyshire -44
65 Portsmouth -14
66 Dorset -23
67 Peterborough +52
68 Essex -15
69 Shropshire -33
70 Medway -19
71 West Sussex -48
72 Swansea +37
73 Bedford -27
74 Herefordshire +4
75 Outer London - North & East +8
76 North Northamptonshire +1
77 Wolverhampton +2
78 Wiltshire -44
79 West Lothian +46
80 East Derbyshire +17
81 South Ayrshire +26
82 Isle of Anglesey +6
83 Stoke-on-Trent +25
84 Inner London - East +15
85 Angus & Dundee City +46
86 Wakefield -55
87 Inner London - West +14
88 Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan +27
89 East Riding of Yorkshire -73
90 Powys -21
91 East Merseyside -20
92 North Nottingham -5
93 Luton +23
94 Outer Belfast -33
95 Lincolnshire -45
96 East Cumbria -31
97 Milton Keynes -40
98 South West Wales -6
99 Southampton +1
100 Greater Manchester South -42
101 Leicester +21
102 Nottingham +8
103 Kent -58
104 Belfast -82
105 Norfolk -29
106 Lancashire -73
107 Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae, Argyll & Bute +29
108 Caithness & Sutherland; Ross & Cromarty +26
109 Brighton & Hove -35
110 Liverpool -16
111 Suffolk -44
112 Shetland Islands -31
113 Thurrock -22
114 Bridgend & North Port Talbot -18
115 Blackburn With Darwen -1
116 Iverness & Nairn & Moray; Badenoch & Strathspey +16
117 East Sussex -47
118 East Ayrshire & North Aryshire (Mainland) +20
119 Torbay +4
120 North & North East Lincolnshire -73
121 Monmouthshire & Newport -3
122 Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham -68
123 Clackmannashire & Fife +10
124 Isle of Wight -20
125 [joint] Gwent Valleys -1
125 [joint] Somerset -43
127 Dumfries &Galloway No Change
128 Sandwell -25
129 South Teesside -36
130 East of Northern Ireland -91
131 Central Valleys -10
132 Devon -46
133 Blackpool -16
134 West & South of Northern Ireland -75
135 Eilean Siar (Western Isles) -15
136 North of Northern Ireland -68
137 Kingston Upon Hull -7
138 Bradford -43

About the research

The uSwitch.com study assessed 138 local areas (NUTS3 regions) for 26 factors such as salaries, disposable household income, and the cost of essential goods including food bills, fuel costs and energy bills. The study also factored in lifestyle issues like hours of sunshine, working hours and life expectancy to ensure a full picture of the quality of life in each NUTS3 region.

For more about the study's methodology, read the full press release .