Waitrose Tonbridge

An annual survey by the Halifax which rates locations based on such criteria as health, life expectancy, earnings, crime rates and weather places Tonbridge and Malling as 16th on the list ahead of such places as Harrogate, Kensington and Chelsea.

The South East dominates the survey with 17 of the top locations making it to the top 50 compared to just five in the South West and four in London.

Locations in the South East tend to score highly on employment and earnings along with longer life expectancy whereas those in the North have better housing affordability, lower traffic levels and fewer people.

The result comes after Tonbridge was also ranked 72nd happiest place to live in the UK by Rightmove, although on that occasion the local rivalry favoured Tunbridge Wells who scooped fifth place.

So what has Tonbridge to offer that residents of Tunbridge Wells might envy?

Top five reasons to be proud to live in Tonbridge

  1. Four more trains to London per hour than Tunbridge Wells
  2. It has a Waitrose
  3. It has its own Castle
  4. The River Medway in the heart of the town
  5. Kelly Holmes is a local

The full list and comparisons to the 2016 rankings is as follows:

HALIFAX QUALITY OF LIFE 2017 RANKINGS – THE TOP 50 LOCAL DISTRICTS
Local Authority Region 2017 Rankings 2016 Rankings
Hart South East 1 26
Orkney Islands Scotland 2 2
Rutland East Midlands 3 28
Wychavon West Midlands 4 3
Winchester South East 5 1
Wokingham South East 6 9
Waverley South East 7 17
Craven Yorkshire and The Humber 8 64
Richmondshire Yorkshire and The Humber 9 33
Stratford-on-Avon West Midlands 10 21
Uttlesford East of England 11 35
Ryedale Yorkshire and The Humber 12 29
Westminster London 13 44
South Oxfordshire South East 14 13
St Albans East of England 15 8
Tonbridge and Malling South East 16 14
East Hertfordshire East of England 17 47
City of London London 18 20
Chiltern South East 19 10
Rugby West Midlands 20 32
Selby Yorkshire and The Humber 21 52
St Edmundsbury East of England 22 84
Mole Valley South East 23 25
Suffolk Coastal East of England 24 53
Purbeck South West 25 6
Harrogate Yorkshire and The Humber 26 41
Hambleton Yorkshire and The Humber 27 5
West Oxfordshire South East 28 11
Lichfield West Midlands 29 30
Harborough East Midlands 30 46
Monmouthshire Wales 31 37
Eden North West 32 22
Mid Sussex South East 33 42
South Cambridgeshire East of England 34 7
Richmond upon Thames London 35 31
Tewkesbury South West 36 103
Windsor and Maidenhead South East 37 23
Chelmsford East of England 38 54
Chichester South East 39 70
Babergh East of England 40 38
Kensington and Chelsea London 41 55
Woking South East 42 140
Maldon East of England 43 36
Wycombe South East 44 49
Cotswold South West 45 68
Aylesbury Vale South East 46 50
Wiltshire South West 47 45
Stroud South West 48 135
Test Valley South East 49 80
Lewes South East 50 72
Source: Halifax December 2017