◼ The North Yorkshire town of Harrogate has been named the happiest place to live in the UK for the third year running. The Rightmove Happy at Home Index also has neighbouring city York in at number 4.
Based on a survey of issues from home décor to community life, the UK’s top five happiest places to live, are:
A survey of 24,000 people asked about everything from friendliness of neighbours to local activities. It also covered home décor, house values and perceived cost of living. Harrogate scored high on safety, general tidiness of the area and how proud they feel of their home.
“It doesn’t surprise me that we have taken number one slot again,” says James Wort from the estate agent Strutt & Parker Harrogate. “People here take pride in maintaining their homes and gardens, as does the council.”
“Living and working in Harrogate, people here are exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Families feel safe and schools are some of the best in the country – Harrogate Grammar School, St Aidan’s and St John Fishers to name a few. For people thinking of moving here, Harrogate is a busy and popular town with lots of thriving villages surrounding it giving buyers plenty of choice.”
Rightmove’s housing expert Miles Shipside expects demand for Harrogate properties to skyrocket after achieving the title for a third consecutive year.
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