Bank of Scotland

Scottish Isles tops annual rural areas quality of life survey

30 March 2012

Residents of the Shetland Isles have the best quality of life of any rural area in Scotland, according to the latest Bank of Scotland Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey. In fact, the Scottish Isles occupy two of the top three positions, with neighbouring Orkney in third place. Aberdeenshire in second place separates the two sets of islands.

Nitesh Patel, economist at the Bank of Scotland, commented:
"In recent years, the Shetlands have performed consistently well against a wide range of indicators to demonstrate that its residents have amongst the best quality of life in Scotland. The Islands scores highly relative to the average for Scotland on several indicators, such as health, life expectancy, employment, average earnings, school results and low crime rates. Even average house prices are relatively low in relation to earnings, highlighting that a high standard of living does not always come at a high price."

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