Residents of the rural utopia may have already realised that they are not deprived, but Holmes Chapel folk now know officially that they live in one of the better off wards in the country, beating fabled Prestbury and Mottram St. Andrew for the well-being of householders, and scoring well above the rest of Congleton borough.
Government figures have ranked Holmes Chapel as the 8,397th in a league table of deprivation, making it one of the least deprived areas in the country. Top of the table, just 17 places above Holmes Chapel, was Aldenham East in Hertsmere, the bottom of 8,414 wards in the country.
The Government study into deprivation looked at factors such as income, employment, health deprivation and disability, education skills and training, housing and geographical access to services.
The rest of Congleton borough stood further down the table, with Congleton South faring best, still ranked as only 7,814th out of 8,414, followed by Congleton West at 6,196, Congleton Central at 4,849 and Congleton North the 2,314th most deprived ward in the country.
In Sandbach the least deprived area was Sandbach West, ranked 6,717, followed by Sandbach North at 6,581 and second to the bottom of Congleton borough league comes Sandbach East with 3,891.