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The Borough of Eastleigh has been named in the Top 20 places to live in the United Kingdom.
A study of quality of life indicators, published today (Friday 18 December) by the Halifax banking chain, puts the borough at number 18 in the national rankings. Factors including employment levels (Eastleigh has the third highest nationally at 85.3%), life expectancy and health, crime rates, average earnings - and even the weather - were taken into account in compiling the survey.
The south east scores highly, accounting for 27 out of the top 50 districts in the study. Hart and Winchester are the other two Hampshire local authority districts to feature in the top 20.
Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Councillor Keith House welcomed the survey findings. He said: “We are pleased that Eastleigh Borough has been included in the top 20 places to live in the United Kingdom. The Borough Council’s corporate plan commits us to promoting prosperity, environmental sustainability and the health of our residents and it is good to see that these ambitions are mirrored in the Halifax study.”
Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: "Many areas in south eastern England … perform well in terms of average earnings, employment rates, health and the weather. But the South doesn’t have it all its own way, and there are areas in the North which score highly on school exam results, and physical environment characteristics such as low population densities and low traffic flows."