The Orkney Islands are rated as the rural district of the UK with the highest quality of life.
Wychavon in Worcestershire takes second place and the Derbyshire Dales in the East Midlands take the third spot.
The annual Halifax survey considers a number of measures.
Each district is ranked according to a range of factors including education, crime rates, pollution levels and employment.
Some methodological changes have resulted in some significant changes in the Quality of Life Survey rankings compared to 2016.
|Rank||Local authority District (LAD)||Region|
|3||Derbyshire Dales||East Midlands|
|4||Hambleton||Yorkshire & the Humber|
|6||South Cambridgeshire||East of England|
|8||West Oxfordshire||South East|
|9||South Hams||South West|
|10||South Oxfordshire||South East|
|11||Tonbridge & Malling||South East|
|12||West Dorset||South West|
|13||South Northamptonshire||East Midlands|
|17||Malvern Hills||West Midlands|
|18||Mid Devon||South West|
|20||Ryedale||Yorkshire & the Humber|
|21||Richmondshire||Yorkshire & the Humber|
|22||Uttlesford||East of England|
|23||Maldon||East of England|
|25||Babergh||East of England|
|26||Vale of White Horse||South West|
|28||Mid Sussex||South East|
|31||East Hertfordshire||East of Endland|
|32||West Berkshire||South East|
|33||Aylesbury Vale||South East|
|34||North Kesteven||East Midlands|
|35||Selby||Yorkshire & the Humber|
|36||Suffolk Coastal||East of England|
|37||East Devon||South West|
|38||Newark & Sherwood||East Midlands|
|39||Craven||Yorkshire & the Humber|
|41||Hinckley & Bosworth||East Midlands|
|42||New Forest||South East|
|44||South Lakeland||North West|
|45||Broadland||East of England|
|47||Isles of Scilly||South West|
|49||South Norfolk||East of England|
Orkney's position as number one – having moved up from last year's 46th place – is just one of them.
The changes include adjustments to the ONS Personal Well-Being Survey – a component of the Index.
The index also includes two new categories – the number of pubs and the availability of health clubs and leisure centres.
Quality of life
Halifax economist Martin Ellis said: "The Orkneys offer a quality of life unmatched elsewhere in rural Britain."
"While the employment rate is significantly higher than the national average, there is more and more emphasis being placed on achieving a good work-life balance."
Wychavon ranked well with a high average life expectancies of 81.2 years (male) and 84.5 years (female).
It also scored well with 92% of all houses having superfast broadband, low CO2 emissions and a 79% employment rate.
Those in full-time employment typically enjoy high weekly average earnings at £609.
Adults in Wychavon also have a high level of life satisfaction.
The Derbyshire Dales scored well well on personal well-being, with long male and female life expectancies.
The top 50 rural places to live include eleven districts in south-east, nine in the south-west and eight each in East Anglia and the East Midlands.
Mr Ellis said: "Rural areas in the south tend to receive higher ratings for weekly earnings, the weather, health, and life expectancy."
Meanwhile, top ranked rural areas in the north score well on education in terms of grades and smaller class sizes.
They also score well on lower house prices in relation to earnings, and both lower traffic flows and population densities