Is your hometown one of the best places to live?

By Twm Owen in Local People

Two Powys towns have been named among the 12 best places to live in Wales.

They are included in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, the first part of which is published this weekend.

The only town from Brecon and Radnorshire included is Hay-on-Wye, the border town, famed for its many second hand bookshops and international festival of literature and culture.

Llanidloes, in Montgomeryshire, is also included while two towns at opposite ends of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Abergavenny in Monmouthshire and Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, are also in the list.

Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan was named as the best place to live in Wales.

The newspaper said it assess a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile its list.

The methodology relies on data and statistics on crime and education, but also on expert knowledge from The Sunday Times judging panel. The judges combine the numbers with their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where readers and their families can thrive.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain Part 1 is the first in a two-part series. This weekend reveals the best places to live in the North and North East, Midlands, Northern Ireland, South East and Wales. Part two, published on Sunday, March 19 will reveal the best places in the Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest, as well as the overall best place to live in the UK.

Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies said: "This is the fifth year we have compiled the list, and this year’s is even bigger and better - the guide is more personal, more detailed and more comprehensive than ever before. The list weighs up everything from considering the likely impact of the local plan, to whether the post office is still open, the range of housing, and the quality of the coffee. Numbers on a spreadsheet can only tell us so much, so we carefully balance statistics with our writers’ decades of knowledge and expertise to create the definitive list of the best places to live in the UK."

Average property prices for sale and to rent were provided by Countrywide plc, UK residential estate agency and property services group.

Johnny Morris, research and analytics director at Countrywide plc, said: "Using extensive data from across our businesses, along with official statistics, we have been able to paint a detailed picture, not just of how much it costs to buy or rent in different places across the country, but what it is like to live there too. We’ve been able to do this for all types of people, from someone renting their first flat to a family buying their forever home."

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