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The Essex town named one of the best places to live in the UK

The rankings look at salary, happiness and schools

By Joe DaviesMultimedia Reporter

An Essex town has been ranked the fifth best place to live in the UK in terms of quality of life, according to new data.

Maldon made the top ten of Halifax’s 2020 Quality of Life Rankings released yesterday (Friday, January 31), coming in at number five.

On the Essex border, East Hertfordshire, which includes towns like Bishop’s Stortford, was ranked the number one spot, while two regions in Suffolk also came eighth and ninth in the rankings, Babergh and St Edmundsbury.

The annual rankings looks at local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales, and takes into consideration 26 different factors that home buyers may consider when choosing a place to live.

Maldon is on the eastern coast of the county, near to Hatfield Peverel, Danbury and is a short distance to the city of Chelmsford.

Although it doesn’t have a train station, it has a picturesque promenade park and coastal views.

The average house value in Maldon is £367,291, according to Zoopla, with the value change increasing by 2.6 per cent over the past year.

 The top ten areas are:

  1. East Hertfordshire
  2. Fareham
  3. Hart
  4. Horsham
  5. Maldon
  6. Selby
  7. Hambleton
  8. Babergh
  9. St Edmundsbury
  10. Wokingham

Russell Galley, Managing Director of Halifax, said: “Everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing a place to live, depending on time of life, and personal circumstances.

“Affordability will always be one of the most important factors, with getting a foot on the property ladder still difficult for some people.”

“With bustling market towns and picturesque countryside, East Hertfordshire has topped the table thanks to high life expectancy, good schools and health and happiness scores, with high average earnings.”

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