South Oxfordshire is the 2nd best place to live in the UK, survey reveals

South Oxfordshire local authority district – a part of Oxfordshire county that we are extremely active in – took second spot in the 2015 Halifax Quality of Life Survey, up from 21st place in 2014’s poll. In fact, the South East of the UK dominated the results, taking  27 of the top 50 places.

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Current residents in South Oxfordshire already know that it’s a safe, attractive and fulfilling place to live, and now the survey confirms what we’ve known all along. You only need to browse our online listings of properties for sale and places to rent in areas like Didcot, Drayton, Brewbury, Hagbourne, Harwell, Chilton and Benson to appreciate the wonderful housing stock that can be found across South Oxfordshire. Dovetail that with the people, the countryside and the lifestyle, and it’s no surprise that the area has shot up the table of results.

Charles Robinson, a Director at Jones Robinsons, says surveys like this illustrate that London isn’t the be all and end all of life: “We’re expecting more buyers and tenants to leave the capital in search of a more balanced life, and the Quality of Life survey highlights how South Oxfordshire can outperform the capital. The result lays the groundwork for a very busy 2016, which is encouraging for anyone thinking of buying, selling or letting a property in the coming months.”

To make the top 50 in the Quality of Life survey, local authority districts must score consistently highly across a range of categories covering residents’ health and life expectancy, personal well-being, employment, a low crime rate and good weather. The index has been produced at a local authority district level for all 390 Local Authority Districts in the UK.

The Halifax said about South Oxfordshire: “Residents of South Oxfordshire tend to be in good health, with 97% reporting good health, and a high average female life expectancy of 84.7 years, a full three years longer than males (81.7 years). The employment rate is 81% and those in full time occupation typically enjoy high incomes with weekly average earnings of £863. Residents rate themselves as happy and content with a high level of life satisfaction and not a great deal of anxiety.”

It was also great to see West Berkshire local authority district – our estate agency heartland – climbing up the top 50 list. Back in 2014 West Berkshire was ranked the 85th best place to live but in this year’s survey, had risen to take 41st place – reflective of the improving quality of life in and around our Newbury and Thatcham branches.

If you would like details of properties for sale in South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, contact the Jones Robinson team today.


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