High living standards
As a result of the £180 million investment by atria to expand its retail and leisure offer in the town centre completed in Q4 2018, Watford is now ranked in the top 20 of CACI’s national retail rankings.
The town boasts three theatres, is home to the BBC Concert Orchestra and the only producing theatre in Hertfordshire, hosts the acclaimed annual Imagine Watford street performance festival and is home to a premiership football club widely recognised as one of the most family friendly and community based clubs in the country.
Watford is proud of its 17 Green Flag parks and open spaces (more than in any other part of Hertfordshire), including Cassiobury Park which is regularly voted as one of the top 10 favourite parks in the country.
With quality starter and family homes favourably priced to buy or rent compared to London, Watford is a true live-work destination for businesses and employees.
For families the town offers excellent state and independent schools on the doorstep, including the Ofsted rated outstanding Watford Grammar School for Boys and Watford Grammar School for Girls. A strong vocational educational offer is provided by West Herts College which delivers both further and higher education level qualifications and works closely with the Watford business community.
With its strong cultural, retail, leisure, housing and education offer Watford provides the work-life balance that employees demand so it’s no surprise to learn that the Office for National Statistics reported Watford is the happiest place in Hertfordshire.