Happiest places to live in Britain revealed

Pack your bags

Olivia Petter
Wednesday 11 October 2017 10:58
Happiest Places to live in Britain revealed

The happiest places to live in the UK have been revealed in a new list compiled by Rightmove.

Royal Leamington Spa took first place, followed by Leigh-on-Sea and Wirral.

Richmond upon Thames, Epsom and Poole also featured in the top 10 annual list.

The data was compiled after 17,000 people across the UK took part in a survey which asked them to declare how happy they were.

They were prompted to take into account various factors, such as community spirit, feeling safe, the friendliness of locals, the amenities and local services available and earning enough to live comfortably.

Royal Leamington Spa ticked all of the boxes, so it seems.

Renowned for its stunning architecture and plush spas, the average house in the area costs around £330,948, just slightly over the national average of £310,003, according to Rightmove.

"Royal Leamington Spa has it all, from our wonderful Regency buildings, impressive parks and gardens as well as a unique mix of high street shops and independent boutiques," said Royal Leamington Spa Mayor, Caroline Evetts.

10 worst places for women to live in the UK

Runner-up Leigh-on-Sea was last year’s winner, scoring highly for essential local services like schools and doctors, strong community spirit, good pubs and restaurants and friendly neighbours.

These are the happiest places to live in Britain, according to Rightmove:

1. Royal Leamington Spa, West Midlands

2. Leigh-on-Sea, South East

3. Wirral, North West

4. Harrogate, Yorkshire

5. Royal Tunbridge Wells, South East

6. King's Lynn, East of England

7. Epsom, South East

8. Richmond upon Thames, London

9. Poole, South West

10. Chichester, South East

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in