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18 December 2015, 09:23
Orkney has once again topped a survey for the best place to live in Scotland.
The islands scored highly on life expectancy, employment, low crime and weather in the poll by Bank of Scotland.
It is the third time in a row Orkney has won the title for best quality of life while the Shetland Islands stayed in second place. The Western Isles moves up to third from seventh place last year.
At 83.3%, Orkney has the highest employment rate in Scotland - well above the 73.8% average.
It also boasts the lowest burglary rate in the whole of the UK, low traffic levels and less than the Scottish average rainfall - 1,064mm annually compared to 1,311mm.
Nitesh Patel, housing economist at Bank of Scotland, said: ''It tends to be the northern parts of Scotland that come out best for quality of life each year, due to the lower population, higher employment rate and low crime rates.
''Orkney rates very positively in many categories, which has helped it secure the number-one spot for the third year, although it ranks the best in only two categories - highest employment and lowest burglary rate.
''The Western Isles, in particular, have seen a marked change in comparison to last year and have moved up four places to now sit in third.
''It's not so good news for Edinburgh, though, as we have seen it drop to 21st place this year from 15th in 2014.''
The highest weekly average earnings are found in East Renfrewshire at £795 per week followed by Stirling at £726. The Scottish average is £608 per week.
The proportion of adults with a degree or professional qualification is the highest in Edinburgh at 49%.
Glasgow has the lowest CO2 emissions in Scotland, with 1.9 tonnes of CO2 per household compared to the Scottish average of 2.4.
Dundee has the lowest average annual rainfall (804 mm) and the sunniest place in Scotland is Aberdeen, where residents enjoy an average of 27.9 hours of sunshine a week. The Scottish average is 25.1 hours.
Life expectancy is highest in East Dunbartonshire - 80.7 years for men and 83.9 years for woman - compared to the Scottish average of 77.5 years.