SOUTH Ribble has been named the best place in the UK to live.

Thanks to its £157,000 average house price and thriving jobs market, the borough came out top in Channel 4’s Best Place to Live in the UK.

In the programme the borough scored highly across the board when looking at factors considered most important for young adults such as wages, housing prices, wellbeing and accessibility to other cities.

Presenter Sarah Beeney told viewers: “South Ribble scores highly for wellbeing, housing is affordable and it has got great access to cities with a broad range of jobs like Manchester and Liverpool.

“The schools are good and many are outstanding. Communities are friendly and as a bonus there’s beautiful countryside nearby.

“I’ve been really stuck by how optimistic it is for the future and how happy people are,” she added.

The show commissioned Dr Alasdair Rae, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, to look at the latest ONS data for 391 local authority areas across the UK comparing nine aspects which were weighted differently depending on how important they are to young people.

Housing affordability was the most critical aspect, followed by the proportion of people aged 20-29 in the area, life satisfaction, happiness and the number of jobs.

Big companies have also seen the potential in the borough, making it home to Waitrose’s distribution centre and BAE systems’ aerospace academy.

South Ribble is part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which aims to bring 20,000 jobs and 17,000 new homes.

Also in the top five were Warrington, Blaby, Copeland and Cheshire. London was judged the worst place to move as it’s the least affordable.