Best and worst places to live in Herts according to property experts

There’s no doubt that Hertfordshire is one of the best places to live with many desirable aspects for homebuyers and movers.

Each town and village has its own identity surrounded by tranquil green spaces, so you will never find one area that’s the same as the next.

The county has been a popular spot for those looking to relocate to the countryside, especially Londoners trying to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the inner city.

But how do you know which town is better than the one next door?

Property finding expert Garrington has ranked each major settlement across the UK on five specific factors, including 26 places here in Herts.

Sign up to the HertsLive newsletter below for the latest news sent straight to your inbox:

Sign up to the HertsLive newsletter

If you’re looking for a way to stay up to date with the latest breaking news from around Hertfordshire, the HertsLive newsletter is a good place to start.

The daily update will deliver the top news and features to your inbox.

We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more.

Signing up to the newsletter is simple. All you have to do is to click here and type in your email address.

It’s one of the many ways that you can read the news that matters to you from HertsLive.

From natural beauty to quality of life and from architectural prowess to house prices, they’ve all been combined to create an overall ranking for each area.

Below are all the Herts settlements in order from worst to best based on their overall ranking, although some areas may have scored better for individual categories than those with a better overall score.

26. How Wood

Overall rank: 1288 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1020 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1064 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1245 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 104 / 106

25. Potters Bar

Overall rank: 1259 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1199 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 793 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1188 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 100 / 106

24. Borehamwood

Borehamwood town centre

Overall rank: 1130 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1100 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 517 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1103 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 93 / 106

23. Radlett

Overall rank: 1126 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1047 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 929 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 975 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 92 / 106

22. Welwyn Garden City

Overall rank: 1110 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 901 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 868 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1083 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 500 / 605

21. Letchworth Garden City

Overall rank: 1101 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 929 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 886 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1041 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 495 / 605

20. Stevenage

Stevenage town centre

Overall rank: 1065 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 952 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 677 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1034 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 484 / 605

19. Bishop’s Stortford

Overall rank: 1013 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 765 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1321 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 636 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 464 / 605

18. Hatfield

Overall rank: 960 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1105 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 779 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 722 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 445 / 605

17. Cheshunt

Overall rank: 902 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 786 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 502 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 1022 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 425 / 605

16. Rickmansworth

Overall rank: 793 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 178 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1180 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 977 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 74 / 106

15. Chorleywood

Overall rank: 781 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 183 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1238 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 906 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 73 / 106

14. Baldock

Overall rank: 764 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1017 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1025 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 408 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 376 / 605

13. Waltham Cross

Overall rank: 744 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 662 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 799 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 732 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 366 / 605

12. Bushey

Overall rank: 719 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 665 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 977 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 614 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 71 / 106

11. Harpenden

Overall rank: 715 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 287 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 908 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 925 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 70 / 106

10. Hoddesdon

Overall rank: 661 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 640 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 631 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 709 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 324 / 605

9. Royston

Overall rank: 634 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 1225 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 678 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 226 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 312 / 605

8. Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead town

Overall rank: 597 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 207 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 841 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 878 / 1372

Average family home cost: £350k-£650k

Rank in price band: 296 / 605

7. Ware

Overall rank: 510 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 588 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1338 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 134 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 51 / 106

6. Tring

Tring is a historic market town in west Hertfordshire
(Image: Warren Gunn)

Overall rank: 507 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 449 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 614 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 618 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 50 / 106

5. Watford

Overall rank: 451 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 392 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 752 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 512 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 42 / 106

4. Hitchin

Overall rank: 437 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 437 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1092 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 303 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 39 / 106

3. St Albans

St Albans Cathedral
(Image: Ricci Fothergill/RMC)

Overall rank: 374 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 606 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 495 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 397 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 31 / 106

2. Hertford

Overall rank: 316 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 563 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 1275 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 69 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 25 / 106

1. Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted town centre

Overall rank: 211 / 1372

Natural beauty rank: 12 / 1372

Quality of life rank: 873 / 1372

Architectural beauty rank: 508 / 1372

Average family home cost: Over £650k

Rank in price band: 17 / 106

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead