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Here are the top 10 places to retire in the UK, according to the Prudential Quality of Retirement Index.
But before we begin, here’s a quick rundown of how the best destinations were identified.
Prudential ranked 55 counties in England and Wales based on eight key factors. These include the size of the pensioner population living in the area, the number of pensioners moving there, access to healthcare, crime levels, healthy lifestyle data, pension income, disability-free life expectancy and weather.
Counties were ranked for each category out of 55, and these were tallied to give an overall score.
If you want more info, above is the full breakdown of scoring for the top 10 counties from Prudential
- West Sussex
“West Sussex has a history of attracting people to come and live there,” Prudential says in its report. With an overall ranking of 8.75, it’s clear to see why. It scores strongly for pension income (2nd), weather (4th) and disability-free life expectancy (4th).
Average house price: £355,144
Last year’s winner is one of only two counties to feature in the top 10 in five of the eight different categories. What’s something of a surprise is the fact its lowest rankings are for health and lifestyle (17th) and access to healthcare (26th). Along with the winner, it’s also the only place to have an overall ranking under 10 (9.75).
Average house price: £307,249. Prices are unsurprisingly well above the national average in this popular destination.
- EAST SUSSEX
Although not yet an established destination for retirees (currently ranked 21st), that could soon change given it ranks fifth on the list for attracting pensioners. The only real downside for anyone thinking or relocating is the relatively high crime rate (21st) compared to the other counties in the top 10
Average house price: £329,522
The home of cream tea, beautiful beaches and plenty of sunshine makes this an attractive place to spend your golden years. And it seems new retirees agree: Devon is attracting more pensioners than anywhere else in England and Wales.
Average house price: £247,436
Pension income is a particular problem in Norfolk, which at 26th is the lowest ranking of the top 10 counties. On the flipside, the coastal county does enjoy low levels of crime, good weather, and high pensioner population density and net migration.
Average house price: £240,605
Joint 6. Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire boasts the best overall health and lifestyle ranking (4th) out of the top 10. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number of older residents is pretty low in the area, ranking 46th out of 55 on the proportion of pensioners. So if you’re keen to be around people of a similar age, there are probably better places out there. Oxfordshire also ranks highly (6th) for pension income, which is a good thing…
Average house price: £399,371
Joint 6 Worcestershire
Over to Worcestershire, which might not have the best weather (29th), but its ranking for life expectancy is hard to beat (3rd). With an average overall ranking at just over 18, it is joint sixth on Prudential’s list.
Average house price: £252,456
- Isle of Wight
According to Prudential, the Isle of Wight continues to be a magnet for retirees with the highest number of pensioners per head of population. It also ranks sixth in terms of weather. However, it might be starting to lose some of its appeal, having dropped from fifth place on last year’s list.
Average house price: £231,605
JOINT 9 Suffolk
Although Suffolk scored highly for both disability-free life expectancy (10th) and attracting new pensioners (8th), it ranked 51st out of 55 for access to healthcare.
Average house price: £259,960
JOINT 9 North Yorkshire
If crime – or rather the lack thereof – is important to you, then North Yorkshire could appeal. It ranked third lowest for crime levels out of the 55 counties analysed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it scored rather less well on the weather front, ranking 32nd overall and the lowest of the top 10 counties. With an average ranking of just over 19 in all categories, it came in joint ninth on the list. If it sounds up your street, let’s look at what the property market is currently like.
Average house price: £228,249
Data from property website Rightmove suggests the average house price in the county is only slightly below the UK national average of £235,000 (according to the Office for National Statistics).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.” – Unknown
Happiness is… soaking in a tin bath in front of an open log fire and the one you love scrubbing your back
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you!
Love is…his warm legs to put your cold feet on
LOVE SONG FOR MAMMA
Adele – Someone Like You
Highest Position on Chart: No.1 for 5 weeks 5th February 2011