Here are eight great reasons why relocating to the South West could be the smartest move you’ve ever made:
More for your Money
Compared to the big cities, your property budget goes a lot further in the South West, with average house prices up to 40% less than the capital. A lower cost for property but still a sound investment, as the region continues to defy the national trend, with house values rising as those in other areas fall. The cost of living tends to be lower in the South West too, despite the fact that regional salaries are over 6% above the UK average. With that sort of incentive, it’s not surprising that government figures show more people are relocating to the South West than ever.
Business is Booming
Forget the rural stereotype, the South West has maintained its position as the fastest growing and most productive UK region after London for the last six years. There are twice as many people employed in manufacturing as tourism, and technology, digital, aerospace, high-value engineering, micro-electronics, energy systems and environmental sciences are the new industries thriving in the West Country. The region spends 10% more on research and development than the national average, making it a hub for innovation and opportunity.
Fantastic for Families
The South West is unquestionably a great place to raise your family - open spaces, close communities, freedom to play. But it’s not just the backdrop for a Famous Five childhood, with over 2,000 primary and 400 secondary schools, the range and choice of education is outstanding. And later on, you’ll also find 13 universities across the region. Couple that with crime rates 15% less than the national average and you can see why so many families choose to call the West Country home.
The Great Outdoors
It’s no wonder over 20 million people visit the South West every year; the region is one of Britain’s greatest natural assets. With 700 miles of coast, the Cotswolds, the Quantocks, the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor, the West Country has an unrivalled reputation as an outdoor destination. Rambling moors, rolling hills and glorious beaches vie for attention with picture-perfect market towns and cathedral spires. There’s simply no excuse to stay indoors – apart from the great shopping, restaurants, pubs, museums, art galleries and theatres that is.
Blue Skies and Fresh Air
It’s true, to go with the great outdoors, the South West also enjoys better weather than most of the rest of the country. Being West means milder winters and warmer summers, boasting some of the longest hours of sunshine in the UK. And with the prevailing wind blowing in off the coast, the region also has the most areas with low pollution levels and records some of the best air quality in England.
No matter where you’re based in the South West, you’re never far from a fantastic local producer. West Country markets are packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and dairy, quality meat and outstanding seafood caught right off the coast. And if you’re eating out, it’s not just cream teas and cider. A key trend in recent years has been an influx of top chefs from around the country, inspired by the region’s rich larder. The South West is home to some of the UK’s best restaurants, including 15 with Michelin stars, as well as thousands of award-winning country pubs.
Travel and Transport
If you should need to tear yourself away from home, the South West offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country and further afield. The motorway and rail networks speed you swiftly to London, the Midlands and elsewhere, and if you’re taking off abroad there are international airports, in Bristol, Exeter and Bournemouth.
The Happiest Place in the Country
It’s official – the South West is the happiest place to live in Britain according to the Lloyd’s Bank and YouGov nationwide Happiness Index. People in the South West enjoy the highest quality of life and are a lot more positive as a result. To those that live here, it comes as no surprise. Those who reported being the happiest said good transport links, convenient amenities, living close to friends and family, safety and a good community spirit all contributed to their happiness levels.
What better reason could there be to go South West!