Wychavon in Worcestershire in second place separates the two Cambridgeshire areas.
Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, commented: “In recent years, East Cambridgeshire has performed consistently well against a wide range of indicators to demonstrate that its residents have amongst the best quality of life in rural Britain. In particular, health and life expectancy in East Cambridgeshire are amongst the highest of all rural areas.
“Even the rain falls less than the national average, adding to the general high performance of East Cambridgeshire in employment, average earnings and low CO2 emissions. In addition, average house prices relative to local earnings in the area are below the average for rural areas, highlighting that a high standard of living doesn’t have to come at a high price."
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