The pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live our lives in all sorts of ways, some oddly positive and others less so. One of the biggest shifts has been the way we think about our living environment.
Many of us are still working from home, and the future of the workplace looks uncertain right now. Many companies are reporting that they will only bring people back to work part-time moving forward, so that they can downsize their office outgoings.
Plus, for city-dwellers, there came a widespread realisation that being within close proximity of a train station, but miles from anywhere green, was perhaps no longer the order or priorities.
In fact, the pandemic has triggered a mass exodus to the outskirts of cities and countryside beyond, as families pack up and head for pastures greener.
So, where is the best rural location to move to? Compare My Move has ranked over 70 popular rural towns and villages in England and Wales – based on factors such as average house price, median salary, hours of sunlight, rainfall, download speed and number of restaurants, to reveal the best places to live in the countryside.
And in at number one? Guildford.
Guildford takes the top spot of best rural destinations to move to, ideally situated with the peace and quiet of a rural location, but sitting just a stone’s throw from the outskirts of London.
Guildford also has the highest earning potential for residents, with a median salary of £34,207.
The most affordable rural location is the northern market town of Barnard Castle, which has the lowest average house price of £188,327.
Those wanting some sun should choose Chichester, with 1,920.8 hours of sunlight in an average year. Whilst if you’re wanting to stay dry Alresford and West Mersea is the place to live as the town has the lowest amount of average annual rainfall, with just 548.8 mm annually.
Whether you’re working from home or bingeing Netflix, if wifi speed is of high importance to you Guildford or Shere should be considered, as these locations take the top spots with the highest average download speeds of those surveyed.
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