East Mids County Named Best Rural Place

30 March 2015, 06:25 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Mortgage experts reckon house prices will go up in Rutland because, for the first time, it's been named Britain's best rural place to live.

The figures are based on on health, crime rates, employment and schools.

Why Rutland?

Rutland residents tend to be fit and well, with more than 96% in good or fairly good health, the report said.

They enjoy a relatively good climate, with less rainfall per year than the national average, at 681mm against 879mm, and more weekly hours of sunshine, at 30.4 hours against the national average of 29.5 hours.

But living in Rutland comes at a price, and the cost of living there is higher than in many other parts of Britain. The average house price is around 6.7 times the annual pre-tax local income, compared with the national average of 6.2.

Rushcliffe in Nottingham came fifth in the study.

Market Harborough, South Derbyshire and Newark and Sherwood are all named in the top fifty.