Wychavon named the second best place to live in rural Britain - The Evesham Observer

Wychavon named the second best place to live in rural Britain

Evesham Editorial 3rd Apr, 2017 Updated: 3rd Apr, 2017   0

RESIDENTS living in Wychavon enjoy the second best quality of life of any area in rural Britain, according to a new survey.

The 2017 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey placed the district in second out of 50 places on their list of the best rural places to live in the UK. The district finished behind the Orkney Islands which topped the standings for the first time.

Researchers compiled their results by looking at a range of factors including; education, crime rates, pollution levels and employment.

Wychavon scored highly on a number of measures, this includes high average life expectancy – with the average life expectancy for men 81.2 years and women 84.5 years.

The survey also found 95 per cent of adults in the district are also in good health.

Wychavon also has some of the biggest homes in rural Britain, with an average 6.1 habitable rooms per home. 98 per cent of houses also have central heating and 92 per cent of all houses have superfast broadband.

The district also has low levels of CO2 emissions at 1.8 tonnes of CO2 per household, a high employment rate at 79 per cent and those in full-time employment typically enjoy high weekly average earnings at £609.

Schools also perform well, with 65 per cent of 15 plus year-olds achieving five or more GCSE results at grades A to C.

Coun Linda Robinson, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “We’re delighted that once again Wychavon has been confirmed as one of the best rural places to live in the country.

“It’s obviously no surprise to those of us who call it home as we know it has much to offer like beautiful surroundings and a strong sense of community spirit.

“As with all things in life there’s always room for improvement and we’re committed to working with our partners to do all we can to make Wychavon an even better place to live, work and visit.”

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