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And the winner is… Midi Pyrenees!

Posted by Sextant Properties on December 15, 2020

Do you consider purchasing a property in France? How to choose wisely your place to live?

An article from The Connexion’s Newspaper emphasizes a recent and very useful OECD survey.

The OECD, a pioneer in this field of research, has been working for more than a decade to identify the best way to measure the progress of societies –moving beyond GDP and examining the areas that impact people’s lives. In 2011, the OECD presented the Better Life Initiative.


The OECD scored and ranked all the French regions according to 11 “well being criteria” which are community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, housing, income, jobs, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance


According to the survey, The Midi-Pyrénées region reaches the top of the list with a score of 7.82 out of 10. It would be the best place to live in France.
The Midi-Pyrénées is put at the same level as southern Sweden, Umbira in Italy and Madrid in Spain.


The full list of French regions is as follows:

1 Midi-Pyrenees (7.82/10)
2 Limousin (7.77/10)
3 Pays de la Loire (7.71/10)
4 Bretagne (7.70/10)

5 Poitou-Charentes 7.56/10
6 Île-de-France 7.55/10
7 Aquitaine (7.54/10 
8 Rhône-Alpes (7.47/10)
9 Auvergne (7.46/10)   
10 Basse-Normandie (7.42/10)
11 Centre (7.30/10)            
12 Bourgogne (7.22/10)      
13 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (7.10/10)
14 Franche-Comté (7.05/10)
15 Alsace (6.99/10)
16 Languedoc-Roussillon (6.91/10)
17 Lorraine (6.85/10)
18 Haute-Normandie (6.84/10)
19 Champagne-Ardenne (6.68/10)
20 Picardie (6.49/10)
21 Nord-Pas-de-Calais (6.01/10)
22 Corsica (5.66/10)

Even if it gets good scores in several criteria, Corsica is ranked in position 22 because of its lack of public safety.

Now let’s point out each field to understand the composition of the French Better Life Index:

Life satisfaction: 10.34%

Health: 10.32%

Education: 9.86%

Work-life balance: 9.45%

Safety: 9.12%

Environment: 9.08%

Employment: 8.94%

Housing: 8.93%

Income: 8.77%

Community: 8.07%

Civic engagement: 6.76%


So how you can see in the ranking, France’s assets are Education and Health.

Sextant Properties can help you in your personal projects


Sextant offers lots of properties in each French region, so if you are interested in an area or even if you hesitate between two places, do not hesitate to contact us and ask us your questions.


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