Borough is named ‘best place to live’
CHESHIRE East is the best place to live in the North West, according to a quality of life survey.
The survey, by the Halifax bank, takes life expectancy, family income, employment rate, exam performance – and even sunshine and rainfall – into account.
The borough is ranked 100th out of the top 250 boroughs across the country, moving up from 105th in 2013.
And it heads the table of the 10 north west local authorities which have made it on to the final list, including neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester, which ranked 135th, and Warrington, which came in at 213.
According to the survey, average weekly earnings are highest in Cheshire East at £808 – well above the national average of £629 – and the borough is in third place behind Trafford and Stockport for broadband connection. It also came in third place for good health based on the survey results.
But when other factors are taken into consideration – including life expectancy, personal satisfaction and employment levels – Cheshire East comes out top in the north west.
Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said: “This is wonderful news and underlines what I have always stated, that Cheshire East is a great place to live and work.
“We have low unemployment and falling, youth unemployment has more than halved, our jobs growth is fantastic and salaries are rising with quality jobs coming into the borough all the time.
“We are also an authority which looks after its older people.”
The research also puts Cheshire East into third place in the region for its GCSE results and fourth for its 16+ qualifications.