Harrogate tops list of where Brits are happiest to live
People living in Harrogate are the happiest in the UK, according to Rightmove’s ‘Happy At Home Index’.
Using a dozen ways to measure how more than 38,000 locals feel about where they live – including how proud people felt about their property, neighbourliness, and nearby amenities – the report suggests that those in Lincoln are the most house-proud while residents of Hereford feel the safest about where they live. Swansea and Aberdeen top the happiest places to live in Wales and Scotland respectively.
“As a nation obsessed with property, our homes represent far more than simple bricks and mortar,” said Rightmove director Miles Shipside. “What elevates a house to a home is an often complicated relationship of the physical property itself, the emotional sense of well-being it provides and how safe and socially-rooted we feel in our communities.”
Harrogate tops the list on the basis that its residents feel ‘happy’ across a wide range of categories, even though it did not rank highest on any single one. “Average asking prices in Harrogate are up 5.6% year-on-year,” said Shipside, “outperforming the national average of 1.2% and North Yorkshire average of 0.4%, indicating that there is demand to live in the UK’s happiest place.” Stockport takes the number two spot.
The research also suggests that people living in the north are happier than those in the south. After the top two places, the rest of the ten happiest towns and cities (in descending order) are Ipswich, Exeter, St Albans, Kingston-upon-Thames, Bath, Worcester, Bromley and Truro.
Nine of the bottom ten locations for happiness are in Greater London (the tenth is Dudley) whose residents ranked their living arrangements especially poorly for space, pride, safety and neighbourliness.Tagged in: real estate
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