Dorset is best retirement location in England and Wales

People enjoying a spell of warm weather on the beach at Boscombe in Dorset. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
People enjoying a spell of warm weather on the beach at Boscombe in Dorset. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Dorset offers the best quality of life for pensioners across England and Wales, a report suggests.

The Quality of Retirement Index from Prudential assessed counties against seven criteria to indicate the extent to which people could enjoy a happy and comfortable retirement.

The seven indicators were access to healthcare, crime levels, pensioner incomes, the weather, life expectancy, how many pensioners already lived in a particular area and how many were moving into the county.

The counties were given a score and ranked accordingly.

Here are the top 10 counties across England and Wales which could offer pensioners the best quality of life, according to Prudential:

1. Dorset; =2. Herefordshire; =2. West Sussex; 4. Devon; =5. Isle of Wight; =5. East Sussex; 7. Rutland; 8. Dyfed; 9. Norfolk; 10. Surrey