Fleet Town signHart District has held on to the title  as the best place to live in the UK for a third year according to the 2013 Halifax Quality of Life survey.

Again Hart has scored consistently highly across many of the categories:

  • Longest life expectancy in the UK
  • Healthiest in the UK
  • High Employment at 80%
  • Above average weekly earning
  • ONS figures indicate the adult population is the most happy, satisfied and contented in the UK


Hart encompasses many of the beautiful areas in which we sell and let homes, including Hartley Wintney, Fleet, Hook, Church Crookham, Dogmersfield, Crookham Village, Odiham, Eversley, Yateley, Heckfield, Rotherwick, North Warnborough, Greywell,  South Warnborough and Hazeley.

The report also identified that the average house price in Hart is 7.0 times the average pre-tax income, the UK average being 5.8. This shows the security of house prices in the area is set to continue and that there is a premium to pay to live in the most desirable place in the UK.

Interestingly there are only two areas in the top 250 in the country where the average house price to earnings ratio is below the UK historical long term average of 4.0; West Lothian and Western Isles which both come in at 3.9. Although Hart prices are on average around 7 times earnings this is greatly overshadowed by the highest ratios, all found in London boroughs; Camden (12.0), Hammersmith and Fulham (11.6), and Haringey (11.0).

Martin Ellis, economist at Halifax, commented “The old adage of ‘Health, Wealth and Happiness’ is the traditional measure of a good quality of life. For the third year running Hart has delivered against a range of indicators to demonstrate its residents have the best quality of life in the UK.

“The Hampshire district scores highly on most of the measures used, including health, life expectancy, employment, average earnings, low crime, and relatively good weather. These factors are reflected in the fact that adults in Hart rate themselves among the happiest and least anxious in the country and believe what they do in life is worthwhile.”

Other districts which scored well in neaby areas include Waverley 4th, Surrey Heath 24th, and East Hampshire which came 25th.

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