Compiled annually by the UK's largest independent buying agency, Garrington Property Finders, the Best Places to Live 2022 report ranks 1,400 cities, towns and villages before crowning one overall winner.
The annual league table, compiled by Britain’s largest independent buying agents Garrington Property Finders, ranks nearly 1,400 cities, towns and villages across England and Wales according to four criteria – natural beauty, architectural beauty, quality of life and environmental credentials.
Even though working from home is now optional, hybrid working is here to stay, and lightning-quick internet is a must-have for many homebuyers. That’s why the Garrington ranking is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on areas where at least 95 per cent of homes have access to superfast broadband.
For the second year in a row, Bath has come out on top, followed by Lyme Regis, Salisbury, Caton and Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire.
Caton moved 64 places up the rankings to take the fourth spot, rating favourably for its natural beauty, quality of life and the average cost of a family home of £333,789.
It also performed well in the new category of green credentials, which scores areas on how many energy-efficient homes and cycle lanes they have, as well as the availability of public charging points for electric vehicles.
Jenny Walmsley, one of the parish councillors for the village, said: “Caton-with-Littledale is a thriving village within the Forest of Bowland.
"We enjoy living so close to the Crook o'Lune and the Millennium Way, and to the hills.
"With two primary schools and two pre-schools, as well as five churches, shops and a doctor's surgery, it is a great place for families. And there are also three pubs.”
Concerns have, however, been aired by some villagers about the potential impact reports such as this could have on house prices for local people.
The report features an interactive tool that allows you to search for your hometown - or any location - and see how it scores in the ranking. You can see it online here.