Town slips to fourth position in new quality of life surveyBy Victoria Corbett
November 28, 2008
The town been knocked off its top spot for the best quality of life in Great Britain, but is still one of the healthiest and wealthiest places to live.
Wokingham has dropped from number one in Halifax estate agents’ quality of life index to number four, having been usurped by Elmbridge in Surrey.
But the town is still one of the best places to live in the country, with people enjoying long life expectancies, above average salaries and more hours of sunshine a week than average.
However it is not all rosy for the town – the figures show Wokingham as having the highest proportion of burglaries out of the top 34 local authorities named in the index.
The town had a rate of 59.6 burglaries per 10,000 of the population, making it stand out in the top five as the worst of the best.
Other statistics in the survey reveal Wokingham homes have an average of more than six rooms, the gross weekly pay is more than £730 and 66.4 per cent of pupils achieve five or more A to C grades at GCSE.
The town’s fall from the top of the index has been caused by a number of key statistics either decreasing or remaining the same, while Elmbridge’s rising earnings and weather have helped it overtake the borough.
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