The Midi-Pyrénées ranks as the best place to live in France


When planning to buy a house in France, whether for holidays or to live permanently, there is no doubt that one of the most important criteria is the quality of life in the region combined with the style and affordability of the houses, the climate, the people and, of course, the food and wine.

So it is no surprise to any of us who live here that the Midi-Pyrénées has come out as the best place to live in France, according to the fourth annual “Better Life Index”, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

The region scored 7.82 out of 10 across a range of 11 “well-being criteria”, including employment, health, the environment, education, civic engagement, access to services, and public safety. 

The score puts the Midi-Pyrénées on a par with southern Sweden, Umbria in Italy and Madrid.

The full list of French regions is as follows: 

1 Midi-Pyrénées (7.82/10) 
2 Limousin (7.77/10) 
3 Pays de la Loire (7.71/10) 
4 Bretagne (7.70/10) 
5 Poitou-Charentes (7.56/10) 
6 Île-de-France (7.55/10) 
7 Aquitaine (7.54/10) 
8 Rhône-Alpes (7.47/10) 
9 Auvergne (7.46/10) 
10 Basse Normandie (7.42/10) 
11 Centre (7.30/10) 
12 Bourgogne (7.22/10) 
13 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (7.10/10) 
14 Franche-Comté (7.05/10) 
15 Alsace (6.99/10) 
16 Languedoc-Roussillon (6.91/10) 
17 Lorraine (6.85/10) 
18 Haute Normandie (6.84/10) 
19 Champagne-Ardenne (6.68/10) 
20 Picardie (6.49/10) 
21 Nord-Pas-de-Calais (6.01/10) 
22 Corsica (5.66/10)

The OECD ranked the 22 regions in France – as part of the study which examines lifestyles in 362 regions across 34 member states. 

This year, more than 60,000 people took part in the study.
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