A study commissioned by the Royal Mail puts Denbigh at the top of the list of best market towns to live and work in Wales.
The findings are based on a number of categories including average earnings, house prices, access to services, crime figures, skill level of the local population and unemployment figures. Data from the 2011 UK Census is also used.
Royal Mail says Denbigh scores consistently above average across various measures of work-life balance particularly for short commuting distances and working hours.
Mold takes second place where low unemployment and short working hours make up for weaker school scores.
Moving south, Usk takes third place thanks in particular to good schools and low crime. Towards the centre of the country, Welshpool (5th) has relatively affordable housing, low unemployment and good school scores.
The full listing:
- 1. Denbigh
- 2. Mold
- 3. Usk
- 4. Builth Wells
- 5. Welshpool
- 6. Ruthin
- 7. Monmouth
- 8. Flint
- 9. Dolgellau