Happiness Index Survey Uncovers Best and Worst Places to Live in Britain

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27th March 2013 19:32 - Housing


According to Rightmove’s ‘Happy At Home Index’ for 2013, the Yorkshire town of Harrogate is currently the happiest place to call home in the UK.

Rightmove’s market research polled 40,000 homeowners nationwide using 12 distinct factors to measure what Britons think about where they live, including their emotive perceptions towards their ‘property’, ‘home’ and ‘community’.

While Harrogate residents turned out to be most pleased with where they live, in general people living in the North are happier than those located in the South of England.

The Top Ten happiest places to live in the UK were found to be Stockport in second place, followed by Ipswich, Exeter,  St Albans, Kingston upon Thames, Bath, Worcester, Bromley and Truro. Meanwhile, the happiest location in Wales is Swansea, and in Scotland it is Aberdeen.

In contrast, the places where people were least satisfied to reside in, listed consecutively from worst rated (110th place) upwards, are East London, Croydon, East London Central, Ilford, South East London, Enfield, North West London, West London, Dudley and North London.

The survey findings also revealed some interesting quirks and characteristics about certain towns, cities and regions in Britain, such as people in Lincoln are the most house-proud in the country, while residents in Hereford feel the safest.

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