SOUTH Oxfordshire has come top in a list of the regions that provide the best quality
SOUTH Oxfordshire has come top in a list of the regions that provide the best quality of life for rural dwellers, writes Lucy Boon.
According to a report put together by the Halifax, here we all enjoy the best quality of life of any rural area in Great Britain.
In last year’s Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, South Oxfordshire local authority district only just made the top 10 — but this year it has risen up the rankings to claim the number one spot.
Residents rated themselves as happy and content with a high level of life satisfaction and not a great deal of anxiety. We also scored well in a number of the categories analysed, with health also being a significant factor.
Ninety-seven per cent of those living in the area report themselves to be in good health. Meanwhile, female life expectancy is also high, at an average age of 84.7 years — a full three years longer than males (81.7 years).
Four out of every five residents (81 per cent) are classified as being employed, and those in a full-time occupation typically enjoy high incomes, with weekly average earnings of £863.