Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home Index has named Harrogate the happiest place to live in Great Britain for the third year running.

This year’s report once again asked residents from 130 places across England, Wales and Scotland to rank a number of factors relating to their home, and their local community. The twelve 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.

Who’s happiest?

For overall happiness, Shrewsbury, Ipswich, York and Chester joined Harrogate to complete the top five places.

National capitals Cardiff and Glasgow ranked mid-table – although the Welsh capital outperformed its Scottish counterpart by appearing near the top of the charts for Community, while Glasgow ranked higher for Amenities.

London’s regional results varied drastically: Richmond upon Thames (19th place) topped the regional list while nine other London places ranked in the nation’s bottom 10.

Happiest place to live in each UK region

Happy at Home Index

What matters most?

The results also show that different places scored highly for different factors. For instance, Torquay (ranked 17th overall), was ranked in first place for Recreation but 107th for Safety. Meanwhile, Aberdeen (ranked 106th overall) ranked 7th for Cost, but 107th for Neighbourliness.

If you’d like to see how your region or town performed, or you think it could help you decide your next property move, you can fnd full details of the Happy Home index at rightmove.co.uk/viz/happy-at-home

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