In a the annual Bank of Scotland study, Orkney is rated amongst the top 10 best places to live.
Among the criteria are; life expectancy, performance of schools, employment and climate. The Orkney and Shetland islands ranked amongst the best places for quality of life.
Low population densities offer high employment rates, crime is low and in the schools, small class sizes and good secondary school exam results give the education system a thumbs up.
The other areas in the top 10 were East Renfrewshire, Moray, Midlothian, Aberdeen and the Borders.