Godalming is a historic market town, civil parish and administrative centre of the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England, 4 miles (6 km) south-south-west of Guildford. It traverses the River Wey in the Greensand Ridge – a hilly, wooded part of London’s Metropolitan Green Belt. In 1881, it was the world’s first place to have public electricity supplies and electric street lighting. It is an expensive residential town, partly for its visual appeal, favourable transport links and high proportion of private housing. In 2007 it was voted fourth-best UK area in which to live. Waverley borough, which includes Godalming, was judged in 2013 to have the highest quality of life in Britain, and in 2016 to be the most prosperous. 30.5 mi (49.1 km) south-west of London, it shares a three-way twinning with Joigny in France and Mayen in Germany. There are friendship links with the US state of Georgia (James Oglethorpe of Godalming founded the colony of Georgia) and with Moscow.