Residents 'enjoy the rural life'

Lake DistrictPeople in rural areas are twice as likely to love where they live than city dwellers, according to new research.

A study by rural insurer NFU Mutual found that Yorkshire, the North East and the South West had the highest number of residents who enjoyed the rural life.
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Most of the 1,300 rural dwellers questioned were satisfied with the cost of living, health, education and the environment, although crime was seen as a problem.

A survey of 500 city residents found the highest satisfaction levels were in the South East, Northern Ireland, Wales and the East Midlands.

Richard Percy, chairman of NFU Mutual, said: "Busy cities may have an abundance of amenities and vibrant high streets to offer, but this is clearly no match for the fresh air, outdoor pursuits and community spirit cherished by those who live in the countryside.

"Crime is the main bone of contention for country folk."

About a third of people in rural areas said they loved their neighbourhood, compared with 16% of city residents.
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