WARWICK district has been named one of the most desirable places to live in the UK.
The district came in 11th place on the annual ‘top 50’ list compiled by Halifax, a huge leap from last year when it just sneaked on at number 47.
The Halifax Quality of Life Survey measures the likes of health and wellbeing, education, employment levels, crime rates and even weather.
Neighbouring Stratford was placed in 22nd spot while Rugby landed 35th place.
Places in the south east once again dominated the list with Hart, in Hampshire, taking the top spot for the fourth year in a row.
Warwick District Council chair, Coun Clare Sawdon, said new business had attracted more people to live in the district.
She said: “The district has so much to offer people living here. It has marvellous buildings, great local independent shops and restaurants, all welcoming people to the town.
“We have excellent access to the motorway network and easy access to London and Birmingham.
“All this helps to make Warwick a great place to live, work and play.
“I can’t wait until we are in the top five.”
Warwick Mayor, Coun Moira-Ann Grainger, welcomed the news and said the jump in place from 47th recognised what had been an extremely successful year.
She said: “It is wonderful news and in our 1,100th year.
“I think the leap seen this year reflects the prosperity and growing confidence in this area as a driving force in the economic recovery of the region.
“Culturally this year with our anniversary the town has received extra media coverage showcasing the many event organised and the historic tourist offer we have, which again increases the town as desirable place to want to be.”