Area of Excellence
An annual survey by the Halifax which rates locations based on such criteria as health, life expectancy, earnings, crime rates and weather has placed Tonbridge and Malling as 16th on the list ahead of areas like Harrogate, Kensington and Chelsea.
The South East dominates the survey with 17 of the top locations making it to the top 50 compared to just five in the South West and four in London.
Locations in the South East tend to score highly on employment and earnings along with longer life expectancy whereas those in the North have better housing affordability, lower traffic levels and fewer people.
The result comes after Tonbridge was also ranked 72nd happiest place to live in the UK by Rightmove.