Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has earned the crown of the happiest place to live in Great Britain according to Rightmove’s 2017 Happy at Home Index.
Over 17,000 people across 159 areas in Great Britain took part in the Rightmove study where Richmond upon Thames was named the happiest place to live in London, Dumfries came top for Scotland and Llandrindod Wells took the title for Wales.
The study asks residents how happy they are where they live and to rank 12 happiness factors. Four Great Britain’s Spa Towns featured in the top ten - the town of Royal Leamington Spa came out top, Leigh-On-Sea came second and Wirral was third. Harrogate, a winner three times in a row between 2013-2015, came fourth and Royal Tunbridge Wells was ranked fifth.
Leamington Spa scored particularly high for friendly neighbours, a strong sense of belonging, a place where locals feel they can be themselves and good access to nature and green spaces.
Rightmove’s Research Manager Abiola Oni comments: “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. 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.”
This year’s results indicate that the South is happier, as seven out of the top ten happiest areas are in the South (Leigh on Sea, Tunbridge Wells, King’s Lynn, Epsom, Richmond upon Thames, Poole and Chichester).
Original source - http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/leamington-spa-named-happiest-place-to-live-in-great-britain/