Waterford is the top-ranked county in Ireland according to the Liveability Index.
The index ranks counties according to house prices, sunshine, proximity to a city and natural amenity or scenery.
Waterford topped the table followed by Wexford with Donegal in third spot, Cork in fourth and Wicklow fifth.
The index says Waterford is one of the sunniest counties in the country, has reasonably priced housing, is in the top 10 of most scenic counties and inhabitants have access to the facilities of Waterford City.
The authors of the index, available at Bluejay Liveability, explain that “Liveability indices are typically used to compare cities across the world, the Economist’s Global Liveability Index is a good example. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the move to remote working, enabling people to avoid lengthy commutes to work. This has spurred an interest in relocating away from large cities. However, for those looking to move to a location outside of a global city there is a lack of useful comparative information to help make the decision to move.”