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The 10 happiest places to live in the UK

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Whether you’re a fan of bustling big cities, historic towns, sleepy suburbs or quiet little villages, the UK has a lot to offer in terms of settling down and calling somewhere home. But, with so many places to choose from, it can be difficult to work out which is the best option.

Thank goodness, then, for Rightmove’s newest survey, which has unveiled the 10 happiest places to live on our little island.


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After speaking with 17,000 people, Rightmove asked residents how happy they truly feel in their homestead. They then had participants consider 12 happiness factors – including the friendliness of the neighbours, and the quality of local services.

“We’ve looked at the connection between each of the factors and what contributes to how happy people say they are overall, and it’s the people in an area and how someone feels about living there that makes the biggest difference,” said Rightmove’s research manager Abiola Oni.

“So the strength of community spirit, people feeling like they belong and that they can be themselves are all more important than the services and money that they have, though these do still contribute to overall happiness.”

Peruse our gallery below to find out which places made the cut – and get some inspiration for your next big move, too...

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  • 10. Chichester, South East

    With sandy beaches and a buzzing town life, West Sussex’s Chichester is home to both history and modern attractions. 

  • 9. Poole, South West

    The average property price in this pretty little coastal town sits at about £338,000, according to rightmove.co.uk

  • 8. Richmond Upon Thames, Greater London

    Richmond is the only place located in London to make the cut – but it doesn’t exactly come cheap: average house prices are around £810,000, according to rightmove.co.uk

  • 7. Epsom, South East

    The market town in Surrey is best known for its annual Epsom Derby. 

  • 6. King's Lynn, East of England

    The seaport and market town in Norfolk is home to some stunning architecture. 

  • 5. Tunbridge Wells, South East

    The affluent town in Kent offers some stunning scenery and a laidback lifestyle. 

  • 4. Harrogate, Yorkshire

    From fine Victorian architecture to fashionable districts, Harrogate is both prim and pretty. 

  • 3. Wirral, North West

    The borough in Merseyside is home to over 321,000 people. 

  • 2. Leigh-On-Sea, South East

    The traditional village is not far from London and looks idyllic. 

  • 1. Lemington Spa, West Midlands

    Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has built up a reputation for being a happy place to live in 2017.

  • 10. Chichester, South East

    With sandy beaches and a buzzing town life, West Sussex’s Chichester is home to both history and modern attractions. 

  • 9. Poole, South West

    The average property price in this pretty little coastal town sits at about £338,000, according to rightmove.co.uk

  • 8. Richmond Upon Thames, Greater London

    Richmond is the only place located in London to make the cut – but it doesn’t exactly come cheap: average house prices are around £810,000, according to rightmove.co.uk

  • 7. Epsom, South East

    The market town in Surrey is best known for its annual Epsom Derby. 

  • 6. King's Lynn, East of England

    The seaport and market town in Norfolk is home to some stunning architecture. 

  • 5. Tunbridge Wells, South East

    The affluent town in Kent offers some stunning scenery and a laidback lifestyle. 

  • 4. Harrogate, Yorkshire

    From fine Victorian architecture to fashionable districts, Harrogate is both prim and pretty. 

  • 3. Wirral, North West

    The borough in Merseyside is home to over 321,000 people. 

  • 2. Leigh-On-Sea, South East

    The traditional village is not far from London and looks idyllic. 

  • 1. Lemington Spa, West Midlands

    Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has built up a reputation for being a happy place to live in 2017.

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