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This town is named the happiest place in Britain for a third year running

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A spa town, cathedral city and World Heritage Site - the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate has many titles, but now it can add another to the roster: the happiest place to live in Britain.

Property website Rightmove asked approximately 24,000 people how they feel about where they live and Harrogate came out overall on top for a third year running, followed by Shrewsbury, Ipswich, York and Chester.

The report looks at 12 factors when judging an area - decor, space, contentment, value, area upkeep, community, pride, costs, safety, amenities, recreation and neighbourliness.

The world famous Betty's Tea Room in Harrogate

The world famous Betty's Tea Room in Harrogate

Blackpool came out on top in the question “I have enough space to live comfortably” (Islington in London came out worst) and Westminster was number one for “I like the local area in which I live in”.

The top three areas where managing living costs was considered most manageable is Falkirk in Scotland, Kilmarnock in Scotland and Gloucester.

Meanwhile the friendliest spot in the UK was Llandrindod Wells, a small town in Wales. 

In London, Richmond was named the happiest place to live, followed by Kingston Upon Thames and Bromley. 

But London is also home to some of the unhappiest places to live such as Barking and Dagenham, Hounslow and Brent. 

With the wealth of recreational activities on offer in the capital, it was surprising to see Torquay win the title of “I am never stuck for things to do in my area”. Islington and Kensington and Chelsea came in at number two and three respectively.

Richmond is home to the largest park in London where 630 deers roam freely

Richmond was voted the happiest place in London; it's home to the capital's largest park where 630 deers roam freely

“So what’s so great about Harrogate?” says Rightmove’s housing expert Miles Shipside. “Maybe it’s the quaint tea rooms or perhaps it’s the beautiful countryside.”

“To come top of our Happy at Home Index three years in a row is no mean feat, and we’ll be expecting a spike in people having a look on Rightmove to see what they might be able to afford to buy or rent in the Harrogate area.”

“Anyone who is thinking of making a move there should bear in mind that property asking prices are higher than the national average, so perhaps it’s worth a look at the below national average places of Shrewsbury and Ipswich, that make it in to second and third place.”

Head to rightmove.co.uk to see the full results for your area on an interactive map.

 

Images: Rex Features, Bettys

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