Looking for happiness? Head to Leigh-on-Sea

Looking for happiness? Try moving to Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. New research from Rightmove says the seaside town is the happiest place in the UK to live.

The UK portal interviewed almost 24,000 people across the UK for its 2016 Happy at Home Index, asking them to rank 12 factors about their local area, from how friendly the next door neighbours are to the quality of local services.

Leigh-on-Sea was praised for its community spirit and a strong sense of belonging, with the town also topping the listing for good access to sports and arts. Asking prices for property, meanwhile, have given them a lift too, with a rise of 15 per cent year-on-year to £384,439.

We do like to be beside the seaside, suggests the survey, with the runner-up – Troon in Scotland – also on the coast.

Harrogate, which has been the number one location for three years, was knocked down into third place.

Rightmove’s Research Manager Abiola Oni said: “Obviously what ‘happy’ means to different people can vary greatly, but when you compare which factors score highest in the happiest areas, it shows just how important having friendly people in the local community area is alongside the services and amenities, which is something buyers often tell us when they are looking in new areas to live. Space is also one of the most important things when people are looking for a new home, so it’s not surprising that places with open spaces such as beautiful parks and beaches have featured in the top ten.”

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And the happiest place in the UK is…

10th August 2015

The UK’s happiest places to live have been ranked by Rightmove and holding onto its place in the top spot is Harrogate.

The town has been named the happiest place to live in Britain for the third year in a row by Rightmove’s Happy at Home Index, with residents feeling safe, proud of their home and happy with the area’s general upkeep.

The portal’s study asks residents to rate their local area on 12 factors, which are combined to create the happiness factor of 130 areas across the country. The 12 factors range from neighbourliness and how much there is to do in the area to how happy people are with their home’s décor, value, and costs to run it.

The top five happiest towns in the Rightmove survey of more than 24,000 people include the northern locations of York and Chester, just after second-placed Shrewsbury and third-ranked Ipswich.

People are happy with their home for different reasons, though. For example, the people of Dundee are happiest with how their home is furnished, while Blackpool residents are pleased with the plenty of space of they have, while those in Hemel Hempstead feel most ‘at home’ in their property.

The seaside town of Torquay comes top for people saying they’re never stuck for things to do, compared to the Scottish town of Paisley which comes bottom. When it comes to the price of property, Newport residents worry least about their home’s value, whereas those in Luton worry the most.

Rightmove’s Housing Expert Miles Shipside says the site expects 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.

“What’s so great about Harrogate? Maybe it’s the quaint tea-rooms or perhaps it’s the beautiful countryside. 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 well-worth a look at the below national average places of Shrewsbury and Ipswich, that make it in to second and third place,” he comments.