There is no denying that Hertfordshire is one of the best counties in the UK – we all know that.
But earlier this year a specific part of the county was actually voted the best place to enjoy in the UK in a survey.
That was East Hertfordshire, which stood out on top of Halifax’s 2020 quality of life survey, beating places like St Edmundsbury, Maldon, Rutland and others.
The cities in the area such as Hertford, Bishop’s Stortford, Ware and Sawbridgeshire are all wonderful and it is really easy to understand why they helped the area become the best.
There are large schools, homes, low crime rates and other contributing factors.
Here are 13 reasons why East Hertfordshire is the best place to live in the UK:
There are many great schools all over Hertfordshire but East Herts are particularly beautiful.
According to the Quality of Life Survey 2020, schools in the area have excellent exam results, with 73.3 percent of students reaching a 9-4 grade in English and math.
These schools will help your children accomplish great things in life.
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East Herts has fantastic access to numerous transport links.
Having the M25, A10, M11 and other main roads so close helps us get around very easily.
Trains to London are also incredibly frequent and it only takes about 50 minutes to get to the center.
High life expectancy
In the Quality of Life Survey 2020, East Herts scored exceptionally well in terms of life expectancy.
Men can expect to live an average of 82.5 years in the area – which is actually three years higher than the national average.
Women in the area can also expect to live at an average of 85 years, which is two years above the national average.
In addition to having delightful market towns, the area also offers beautiful picturesque countryside areas.
After stressful days, long walks along the Lea River or the Stort River can really help you relax.
The wonderful areas help you find the union with nature and really appreciate these areas that we have here.
Good job opportunities
The area offers good job opportunities for residents who contribute to high quality lifestyles.
East Herts actually achieved the twelfth highest weekly earnings of any local authority in England, Scotland and Wales.
In turn, this money is reinvested in the local community to help it thrive further.
One of the best annual events in Hertfordshire takes place in East Herts, in Standon.
The Standon Calling music festival is a much loved family festival that always promises the best musical shows and family entertainment.
Unfortunately, this year, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the event had to be canceled, but will return in 2021 with a great formation.
Florence & the Machine, Friendly Fires, Mumford & Sons, London Grammar and others previously played here.
Close to London
In general, Hertfordshire is very close to London, but for us in East Herts, it only takes about 50 minutes from the farthest point to reach the city center.
This is really useful for commuters who don’t want to live in the city itself or for those who just want to be able to do a quick shopping trip every now and then.
London is a very exciting place so it’s really useful to be right above it.
Overall, people from East Herts reported that they were fit and healthy in the quality of life survey – in particular nine out of 10 people reported having good or fairly good health.
For people who want to move to the area, it is promising to hear that others feel healthy and are able to take care of any disease.
Even gym goers can read this and start attending the area right away!
Deep in history
East Herts – similar to the rest of the county – is steeped in history.
Hertford was a fortified Saxon city built by King Edward the Elder in 912, Sawbridgeworth also dates back to the time of the Saxons and evidence shows that the Romans had several roads through Bishop’s Stortford.
There is a lot to learn about the area which makes it a history lover’s paradise.
You will be distracted for hours learning everything!
If you don’t want to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, then it’s fine because there is plenty to do in East Hertfordshire.
Near Broxbourne and Hoddesdon, there is Paradise Wildlife Park, one of the best zoos where there is also a dinosaur themed area in the park.
In addition to this there is the RSPB Rye Meads which can be enjoyed all year round, the same as Panshangar Park near Hertford.
Across eastern Hertfordshire, there are very idyllic small villages.
Places like Walkern, Cottered, Dassels and others offer wonderful places for those who want a quieter lifestyle surrounded by beautiful countryside.
For those who just want to get out of the crowded cities, the villages offer beautiful walks where you can admire the beautiful houses.
Many of them also have traditional British pubs where you can stop for a drink and a meal.
Hertford Yarn Bombers
One thing that people in Hertford and the surrounding area love are the adorable Yarn Bombers.
If you are reading this and thinking “who on earth are the yarn bombers?”, Actually they are a secret company that knits creations and then puts them around the city.
During the Christmas season, Hertford’s Christmas tree was covered in creations and turned into an advent tree.
Other projects they have worked on include making post-box toppers over Christmas and a splendid poppy creation on Hertford Castle to celebrate the Armistice Day centenary.
All of the company’s proceeds go to charity and have managed to raise £ 17,000 in a year in the past.
They are super unique in the area and we all love them!
The huge amount of independent shops
Now more than ever with the current Covid-19 we have to support our independent stores where we can.
They suffered a hard beating after having to close for months but when they start to reopen we can start enjoying the huge number of those we have in eastern Hertfordshire.
Favorite places are Eye Heart Mind in Hertford, Noire Boutique in Ware, The Green Room in Sawbridgeworth and much more.