Jobs, weather, education and healthcare in Mid Sussex have helped the district rank as one of the top 50 places to live in the UK.
Mid Sussex has placed seventeenth in the Halifax Quality of Life survey 2014, making the district one of the most desirable places to live in the UK.
The survey looks at 405 local authority districts in Britain, considering the availability of jobs, the quality of housing, the amount of public open space, access to local services, education, quality of healthcare, crime rates, as well as the weather, traffic and broadband access.
Councillor Garry Wall, leader of Mid Sussex District Council: “Mid Sussex is a wonderful part of the country and I’m delighted that our residents experience some of the best living conditions in the whole of the UK.
“We have the best of both worlds here, with beautiful rural areas and picture postcard villages complemented by a range of shops, bars and restaurants in our busy market towns.
“These are fantastic results for our area but it’s important that we continue to work hard to improve things even further during 2015.
“This year we will be investing in new facilities and our three leisure centres to encourage local people to become more active.
“Our £2 million business start-up facility in Haywards Heath will be completed, boosting the local economy, helping small businesses to grow and creating jobs for local people.”
Cllr Wall said the district will be investing in community facilities including nurseries, scout groups and sports clubs.
He added: “We are fortunate to live in such a prosperous part of the world but we must continue to improve and move forward if we are to ensure Mid Sussex remains such an excellent place to live, work and visit.”
Mid Sussex can now lay claim to being the best place to live in Sussex, finishing ahead of Wealden, which came 43rd. The district also has some of the lowest crime rates in the country.
To read more about the survery go to Lloyds Banking Group