DORSET has been named one of the best places to live for retirees in England and Wales.

The county has been placed second in the rankings, according to the Prudential 2018 Retirement Quality of Life Index.

Dorset is the county with the highest proportion of population over 65 years - accounting for more than a quarter (28 per cent) of the county’s residents.

West Sussex takes the top spot, with East Sussex in third, followed by the Isle of Wight and Norfolk.

The South Coast of England dominates the top places to live in.

Just three of the top 10 counties for pensioners to retire to are not in the South of England. They are Norfolk, Worcestershire and Shropshire, the latter of which jumped seven places from 2017’s rankings to reach the top 10.

Suffolk and North Yorkshire both dropped out of this year’s top 10, falling three and eight places respectively.