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Cambridgeshire: High Rating For Rural Life
Cambridgeshire has featured highly in the Halifax's list of countryside districts with the best lifestyles, with the North of England accounting for just three places in the top 50 and Scotland and Wales not appearing at all.
Uttlesford in Essex was only beaten to the top spot by Waverley in Surrey - with east Hertfordshire coming third in the survey - which scored districts on a range of criteria including health and life expectancy, exam results, employment and earnings, the environment, crime rates and house price affordability.
The Halifax Quality of Life Survey found the top spots performed strongly across the board in the factors it looked at.
Male residents typically had an average life expectancy of almost 81 years and 97% of the population generally is deemed to be in "good health''.
The average weekly wage is £888 - significantly above the UK average of £609. The employment rate is almost 80%, which is also well above typical UK levels.
Of the 50 local authority districts with the highest quality of life; the East of England claimed 13 spots.
While Northern England made a scant number of appearances on the top 50 list, the rural South performed more strongly when it came to employment, earnings, health and the weather.
The Isle of Wight was named as the sunniest place in Britain, with 37 hours of sunshine a week.
Here is how we feature in the top 50 rural areas in Britain with the best quality of life, according to Halifax:
3. East Hertfordshire
6. South Cambridgeshire
8. Vale of White Horse
9. South Northamptonshire
10. South Oxfordshire
12. Mid Sussex
13. Aylesbury Vale
14. East Cambridgeshire
15. West Oxfordshire
16. East Dorset
19. Suffolk Coastal
20. West Berkshire
21. Tonbridge and Malling
22. South Kesteven
23. St Edmundsbury
26. East Northamptonshire
27. New Forest
29. Test Valley
30. East Hampshire
31. Mid Suffolk
32. North Kesteven
34. South Norfolk
39. East Riding of Yorkshire
44. Malvern Hills
45. Hinckley and Bosworth
46. Forest Heath
47. Newark and Sherwood
50. West Lindsey
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