Ribble Valley has the best rural quality of life in the North West according to a new survey.
The survey carried out by the Halifax took a wide range of factors into account, including crime rates, employment, school results, broadband access, health and wellbeing, life expectancy and the weather.
Ribble Valley Council leader Stuart Hirst praised his team’s hard work.
He said: “These results reveal what we have always known, that Ribble Valley is one of the UK’s hidden gems.
“The council works hard with its partners to keep crime rates low and ensure the borough remains one of the best places in the country in which to live, work and raise a family.
“And although only a small rural authority the council has an excellent record of success, enjoying a level of customer satisfaction that is the envy of neighbouring authorities, as well as healthy reserves and one of the lowest council tax rates in the country.”