Gloucester is the 55th best place to live in the UK

Gloucestershire is one of the most beautiful counties in England. Nestling on the Welsh borders, it’s alive with lovely limestone villages, stunning countryside and glorious architecture.

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From the Gloucester Cathedral familiar to Harry Potter fans to the vistas of Symmonds Yat to the Forest of Dean sculpture trail and the best restaurant in the UK – Cheltenham’s Le Champignon Sauvage – Gloucestershire has something for everyone.

If you’re looking to make the move to a more relaxed lifestyle, this is the kind of quality of life you can expect in the historic county of Gloucestershire.

Economic indicators

Gloucestershire has above average employment at 78 per cent, and its inhabitants enjoy high levels of disposable income. Both are good indicators that the quality of life in the county is well above average. The cost of living is not outrageous for southern England, although petrol prices are higher than you’ll find in other parts of the country

Life expectancy

Life expectancy in Gloucestershire is very good at 80 for men and 84 for women, probably due to the more relaxed pace of life and stress-free rural surroundings.

Schools and healthcare

Gloucestershire has some outstanding schools in both the state and independent sectors; there are seven Ofted rated “outstanding” primaries and four secondary schools in Gloucester alone. The Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has a 5-star rating.

House prices

House prices are above the national average but reasonable for the south of England, which is a more expensive part of the world. There’s a huge choice of housing stock, including many beautiful period homes and Gloucester flats for sale. You’ll find a good selection of Gloucester flats for sale by TGRES and other local agents at all price points.

It’s not all about the quantifiable

Although it’s possible to quantify certain factors that indicate how good the quality of life will be in an area, it’s often the unquantifiable factors that make you fall in love with a place, from a great cup of coffee in a bustling cafe to a bracing country walk and a hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. With its balance of beautiful rural areas and happening towns, gorgeous Cotswold villages, world-class festivals and cultural events, Gloucestershire has something to appeal to everyone.