Counting your blessings

December 13th 2016
By: Melanie
Counting your blessings

At this time of year with the stress of Christmas on the horizon it is not a bad idea to stop for a moment and count your blessings. If you happen to be lucky enough to already live in St Albans why not remember that earlier in the year it was placed right up there in the Sunday times “Best places to live in Britain” guide again.   
The Sunday Times launched its series as part of its ‘Home’ supplement, charting the cities, towns and villages “that everyone wants to call home” back in 2013. It prides itself on not calculating the best places on “dry statistics and algorithms, which tend to throw up locations that are simply quite dull”. Their guide claims it is about quality of life, it doesn’t just catalogue if the pubs are “nice”, it delves into whether their pies are worth the cost as well. The research has accounted for transport links and life expectancy on one hand, and annual arts festivals and the amount of parking tickets issued on the other.
In 2016 under the sub-heading of the South-East, St Albans came in at number 13, “This tiny but perfectly formed cathedral city…ticks all the boxes: an embarrassment of high-achieving schools; majestic Verulamium Park, with its…kids’ splash zone and tennis courts; and scores of Victorian properties.” It described St Albans as being green, despite not quite reaching the countryside highlighting St Albans as a “king of rural suburbia – dancing on the edge of “countryside” but riding the green belt all the way into St Pancras (within 20 minutes).”#bestplacetolive