THE best and worst places to live in Essex according to our readers can now be revealed.

In a poll last week hundreds of you had your say.

A whopping 52% of people say the north Essex area of the county is the best place to live.

The area boasts the historic town on Colchester with its Roman connections and England's smallest town with Manningtree.

There are also the seaside resorts of Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Harwich and Dovercourt.

This part of Essex is also home to Constable Country and the stunning Dedham Vale.

Both the Dedham Vale area and the Stour Estruary are part of two different Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Last week Jaywick, which is in north Essex, was named one of the worst places to live in England after a recent poll.

The online contributors were far from kind about the area, leaving scathing reviews about the village.

Jaywick's Brooklands area is officially listed as the most deprived area in the country.

But ward councillor Dan Casey said that despite issues with deprivation, Jaywick can be a wonderful place to live.

"I was disgusted when I saw that article," he said.

"We know there are issues with deprivation in the Brooklands area, especially with housing, but Jaywick is not a terrible place to live."

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Taking second place in our poll was mid Essex getting 28 per cent of the vote.

The area boasts the city of Chelmsford and towns like Maldon, Braintree and Witham.

In third place with 17 per cent was south Essex - the home of Southend, Leigh, Basildon and Canvey.

But the loser and worst place to live in Essex according to our readers was west Essex.

The area includes towns like Harlow and Epping.

Do you agree with the results let us know in the comments?