Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Highlands and north-east among ‘best places to live’ in Scotland

Scottish Highlands
Scottish Highlands

Aberdeen has come out tops in a list of the happiest and “most vibrant” places to live in Scotland.

The latest Vibrant Economy Index by accountancy firm Grant Thornton measured stats including employment, school attainment, life expectancy and even voter turnout to find out where in the country is the best to live.

While Edinburgh was the top performer, Aberdeen followed closely behind in second place and was described as a “standout” in terms of its economic importance.

Aberdeenshire placed fourth while the Highland council area was sixth.

Report author Karl Eddy said that simply plotting out figures about the economy is not enough to paint a true picture of the best places to live.

“If the UK is to have a vibrant economy, it needs places where people and businesses can flourish,” he said.

“The Vibrant Economy Index seeks to define and measure the components that create these successful areas.

“In doing so, it provides a basis from which to drive positive change and an objective accountability for each area.

“It highlights places that are doing well and potential lessons that can be shared.”

One of the least surprising results in the report is that the Highlands is host to some of the friendliest communities in Scotland.

In his report, Mr Eddy added: “This region is home to the three highest ranking places in the country: Orkney, Shetland and Argyll & Bute.

“Highland and Western Isles are not far behind, ranking six and seven respectively.

“These rankings reflect the strong sense of place and community identity that exists in much of the region.”

Highlands and Islands MSP, Maree Todd said: “This is really excellent news for the region that I represent.

“I may be a little bit biased, but I’ve always thought the Highlands are a fantastic place to live and work – it’s great to see this study confirm that.

“A healthy, happy and inclusive community, as well as a vibrant economy is beneficial to everybody, and this report is a welcome endorsement of the Scottish Government’s efforts to boost the local economy, create opportunities and build a positive future for all.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]