High life expectancy rates, high earnings and good school results – it’s no wonder Aberdeenshire residents enjoy the best quality of life in Scotland.
For the second year running the area came out top among the country’s 32 local authority areas in the Bank of Scotland’s annual Quality of Life Survey, which highlighted the area as having some of the healthiest and most well-off residents.
Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council Colin Mackenzie welcomed the news, saying: “This is an excellent verification from the Bank of Scotland that Aberdeenshire continues to provide the best quality of life in Scotland.
“The survey measures areas such as employment levels, health, housing quality and education and to be consistently topping the chart is something we should all celebrate.
“It’s evidence that Aberdeenshire is the best place to work and live in Scotland.”
The authority has regularly been polled at the top of previous surveys carried out by the Bank of Scotland.
As well as coming top of the survey in 2009, Aberdeenshire came top overall for the best quality of life in 2007; in May 2008 the area had the best quality of life amongst rural areas in Scotland; and in November 2008 came second in the list of areas enjoying the best overall quality of life.
In March 2009 it also came out top among ten other rural local authorities in the Bank of Scotland’s Rural Quality of Life Survey.
Echoing those sentiments, council leader Anne Robertson added: “It’s always challenging in a rural area to build on the excellent services we deliver.
“But it is also a tribute to every member of staff in Aberdeenshire who make sure residents get a high quality of service.”