Halifax surveys seaside towns for affordability / quality of life

| August 20, 2010
”Halifax

Residents of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex have the highest quality of life among Britain’s
seaside towns, followed by Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex and Christchurch in Dorset.

According to the latest Halifax survey of UK coastal towns, all three have higher than average weekly earnings, compared to other seaside towns, and an above average employment rate.

With four more hours of sunshine per week than the typical coastal town, over nine out of ten residents questioned report having good health, and life expectancy is around 80 years.

Halifax is also recommending the North Coast for quality of life and housing affordability, naming Yorkshire’s Bridlington, Withernsea and Hornsea, while in Scotland, Peterhead and Fraserburgh top the league.

Meanwhile, Sandbanks has retained its reputation as the UK’s most expensive seaside town.

Halifax housing economist, Nitesh Patel, comments: “Our research demonstrates that for homebuyers who dream of ‘being beside the seaside’ there are good value hotspots where you don’t compromise on the standard of living.”

She adds: “Towns in Yorkshire and Scotland have rated highly on our ‘quality of life’ index and have reasonable prices that are affordable on local incomes.”

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