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Babergh in top 50 places to live

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Babergh District Council has been named in the top 50 best places to live in the UK in a recent quality of life survey.

Babergh has also taken the top spot for the happiest place to live.

The new research – carried out by Halifax – put Babergh in 24th spot – a vast improvement compared to last year’s 85th place.

The survey used a wide range of measures, including residents’ health and life expectancy, overall well-being, employment, crime rate, weather and broadband internet access.

Respondents were asked to rate different aspects, including their happiness and life satisfaction.

Babergh received an average happiness scoring of 8.2 and an average life satisfaction rating of 8.1 – the highest in the country for both measures.

Mid Suffolk also remained within the top 50 in 45th place. Compared to 2013, the district has slipped by 10 places.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk were the only districts in Suffolk to make the top 50.

Councillor Jennie Jenkins, Babergh District Council leader, put the success down to the district’s rural scenery.

“I am delighted to receive such a good result for both Babergh and Mid Suffolk in this national survey,” she said.

“Our two rural districts are the only ones in Suffolk mentioned this time around, and have been consistent over the last few surveys.

“Our picturesque villages, excellent job opportunities, amazing heritage assets and stunning landscapes mean that Babergh and Mid Suffolk are finally getting the national accolades they both deserve.”

From historic market towns to iconic architecture and rolling countryside, Babergh has plenty to offer, added Mrs Jenkins.

The district scored particularly well in terms of a low level of crime rate and a low traffic flow.

Hart in Hampshire was crowned the best place to live in the UK for the fourth year in a row.