Survey Uncovers Towns and Cities in Britain Where People Are Happiest

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14th February 2012 16:00 - Public Consultation

 A survey of more than 25,000 homeowners across the UK by property website Rightmove has revealed the towns and cities where people are happiest.

Rightmove Director Miles Shipside explained the ‘Happy At Home’ survey: “The index attempts to measure how we feel about where we live by taking into account the relationship we have with our property, our home and our community.”

Refuting the traditional concept that the north of the country is tougher and grimmer than the rest of the nation, people in northern towns have proved to be happier than their southern counterparts.

The top 5 happiest towns or cities were all in the North of England, with Carlisle scoring highest, followed by York, Huddersfield, Harrogate and Chester.

In contrast, 9 out of 10 of the unhappiest towns are in the south. The East London area was rated lowest, followed by Ilford, South East London, Luton and Romford.

Exorbitant house prices were a major factor in making locals unhappy, as people are less able to afford a good quality of life. Other issues included poor levels of decor, pride and safety. When it comes to affording space, North London was rated the worst place to live.

Nevertheless, the fact that there are less job opportunities in the north means many people move south despite less quality of life. 

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