Chilterns is one of the best country places to live

The Chilterns have been named as one of the best places for country living in the UK.

Residents have the highest gross weekly earnings of anywhere in the UK at £941, according to an annual survey by the Halifax Building Society.
Chiltern Hills

Rutland has moved up 11 places to the top spot this year in the 2015 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

Taking a wide range of economic and social factors into account residents in Rutland can now claim to have the highest standard of living in rural Britain, according to Craig McKinlay, mortgages director of the Halifax.

The country’s smallest county boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the country and less rainfall per year than the national average.

Maldon in Essex has the lowest average rainfall at 561mm, below the UK average of 878mm, but fails to make the top 50 of rural escapes.

Taking the train from Rutland’s county town of Oakham can get a commuter into London in around one and a half hours.

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