Fewer people than ever before choose to remain in the place that they were born and raised. The reasons for this are wide ranging, but can be broadly described as health, wealth and happiness. Here we investigate some of the happiest places to live in the UK and consider why people choose to live there.
Royal Leamington Spa
A recent survey put the town of Royal Leamington Spa at the top of the happiest places to live in the UK list. The Warwickshire town is said to offer a strong sense of belonging and friendly neighbours, but it is also picturesque and has some stunning architecture.
Locations in London did not fare so well in the survey, but Richmond upon Thames did make it into the top ten and is noted for its green spaces and luxurious riverside residential properties.
Further north in Yorkshire lies another spa town that is regularly placed high on lists of the happiest places to live in the UK – Harrogate. Located just to the east of the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate is the archetypal residency for those with a love of the town and country lifestyle.
For those who prefer to live in a costal area, Poole in Dorset is high on the list when it comes to happiness. With glorious sandy beaches and a natural harbour, Poole has great transport links, very good schools and Dorset’s north, east and west is surrounded by countryside.
This luxury apartment is a great example of how Poole now has both modern and period residential properties which reflects the progress the area has made over recent years.
Across the Borders
Moving across the borders, Dumfries was crowned happiest place to live in Scotland and the culture there is said to be progressive and warm. Meanwhile, in Wales, Llandrindod Wells came out on top and its central location puts residents in close striking distance to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Snowdonia and many of the country’s costal hotspots.
Despite uncertainties over the Brexit divorce from Europe, the survey highlights the diversity and wealth of residential areas there are from which to choose. The UK is a place where whether happiness is rural peace, the hustle and bustle of a large city or costal exhilaration you can have it.