So be inspired by The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. We've highlighted 101 towns, villages and city suburbs that we think are among the very best places to settle down from Skipton in North Yorkshire which offers "big-hearted, buzzy life in a small town" to the "fresh and fun" seaside delights of Falmouth in Cornwall. On top of that we also offer a celebration of Britain's cities with an A-Z guide and specialist guides on the best places to live near outstanding state secondary schools, the great outdoors or if you are looking for a buy-to-let investment.
This handy 2014 guide should appeal to young first-timers and investors, second-steppers and buyers of family homes alike.
* How did we do it? The methodology relies on lots of hard data and robust statistics, so crime rates, house prices and school performance for example, but then takes advantage of the expertise of Sunday Times writers. After all, who wants to live by big data alone? Sometimes it simply comes down to gut instinct and personal judgement. Thankfully there are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating.