Why come to Hertfordshire

Fancy living in a place with low crime rates, affordable living costs, fast broadband and decent salaries?

Hertfordshire has it all - ranked first place out of 138 UK regions by the uSwitch Best Places to raise a family in the UK Better Family Life Index 2016. 

A county of opportunity with something for everyone, Hertfordshire, or Herts as it is sometimes called, features some stunning countryside with a huge range of places to walk, cycle and play. The county also boasts good road and rail links to London and the North.

Living in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire really does have everything - from those looking for a small pad on the outskirts of London to a place to bring up the family a little further in the countryside. The county is home to a number of lively towns including Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Potters Bar, Hatfield, Welwyn, Stevenage and Hertford, as well as the city of St Albans.

The county is home to the first garden cities - Letchworth and Welwyn – and has two major international airports – Luton and Stansted – close by. Hertfordshire is recognised as a great place to bring up family, with plenty on offer within the county and close by.

Education

Hertfordshire has 525 schools, with over 178, 000 young people educated within its borders. There is an expansive range of educational settings from academies to free schools and independent schools. Attainment levels across the county are higher than the UK average.

The modern University of Hertfordshire, based largely in Hatfield, has more than 23,000 students.

The county's health

The health of people in Hertfordshire is generally better than the England average. Deprivation is lower than average and life expectancy for both men and women is higher than the national average.

Levels of teenage pregnancy, GCSE attainment, breastfeeding and smoking at time of delivery are better than the England average.

Leisure and entertainment

There is always something to do in Hertfordshire from going to the theatre, cinema, enjoying a variety of museums, country homes and parklands to visiting wildlife parks, shopping and enjoying a drink or dinner out.