From a survey which asked more than 17,000 people across the UK, the Warwickshire town of Royal Leamington Spa has been ranked the happiest place to live in Britain.
Top 10 Happiest Places to Live:
- Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
- Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
- Wirral, Merseyside and Cheshire
- Harrogate, North Yorkshire
- Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- King’s Lynn, Norfolk
- Epsom, Surrey
- Richmond upon Thames, London
- Poole, Dorset
- Chichester, West Sussex
Rightmove, the conductors of the happiness survey, analysed a range of key “happiness” factors decided by those surveyed. Significant factors considered were; community spirit, feeling safe, the friendliness of locals, the amenities and local services available and earning enough to live comfortably.
Rightmove said Royal Leamington Spa scored highly for friendly neighbours and a strong sense of belonging. However, happiness comes with a price, with the average asking price of a home in Leamington Spa at £330,848 (£20,000 higher than 2016), compared with a national average of £310,003.
Harrogate, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Epsom also featured in the top 10 “happy at home” index meanwhile Llandrindod Wells was deemed the happiest place to live in Wales and Dumfries the happiest town in Scotland.
While this year seven out of the top 10 happiest areas were located in the South (Leigh on Sea, Tunbridge Wells, King’s Lynn, Epsom, Richmond upon Thames, Poole and Chichester), London did not fare well in comparison. Five places in the countries capital listed as the least happiest places to live with Boroughs such as Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Croydon ranking second, third and fourth respectively while Hillingdon came in sixth with Brent taking the bottom spot.
Top 10 least happy places to live in the UK :
- Brent, London
- Barking and Dagenham, London
- Newham, London
- Croydon, London
- Bedford, Bedfordshire
- Hillingdon, London
- Crawley, West Sussex
- Luton, Bedfordshire
- Blackburn, Lancashire
- Oldham, Greater Manchester
So how did Intelligent Services Group hometown do? Well, the Toon missed out on the top ten spots and just short of the top 20 being ranked 21. However, it’ll always be the happiest place to live in our books. Maybe next year Newcastle?