The cathedral city, described as "historic, cultured, foodie city," with excellent schools, top restaurants and friendly residents has been named the best city to live in by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.
"It offers a tasty slice of authentic history, with great transport links and fine schools. It also has an irresistible mix of food, festivals and feel-good factor," said Helen Davies, home editor of the Sunday Times.
I have been saying this is the perfect English city for years (and I should know I founded it)! Well done my Wintonians….
The report says these factors make the Hampshire city "practically perfect."
Published annually, The yearly guide combines crime rates, house prices and school performance data with local knowledge.
Regional winners include Fitzrovia in London, Falmouth in the South West and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland
The 2016 regional winners
East: Orford in Suffolk
Midlands: Ledbury in Herefordshire
North East: Harrogate in North Yorkshire
Northern Ireland: Ballycastle in County Antrim
North West: Whalley in Lancashire
Scotland: Stockbridge in Edinburgh
South East: Midhurst in West Sussex
South West: Falmouth in Cornwall
Wales: Penarth in Vale of Glamorgan