Yorkshire is a bloomin’ good place to live and it doesn’t take long to realise you’re surrounded by some of the warmest and happiest people around. Though we might tell you differently at times. So, it’s no surprise that this Yorkshire town has been named this year’s happiest place to live in the UK.
It’s dropped three places in the list from 2021 where it was 3rd place, but this year it has dropped off the podium and featured sixth place in 2022 the UK’s happiest place.
The Happy at Home Index ranks locations due to a range of factors such as a sense of belonging, proximity to green spaces, local amenities and community spirit.
The results are based on 20,000 responses and topping the last was St Ives in Cornwall, with Galashiels in Scotland in second and Woodbridge in Suffolk in third.
In the data house prices are also included. Harrogate’s average asking price for a home is quite high at £381,124, and rent is around £1,327.
Paul Le Bas, sales business development manager at Millerson sales and letting agents in St Ives said: “The coastal walks are second to none. From Porthminster round to Clodgy the views are stunning as you look out over the turquoise seas.”
Rightmove’s director of property science Tim Bannister said: “This year’s Happy at Home survey really shows that the things that make people happy to live in their area are not so much the physical aspects of that area but more the personal aspects, such as our sense of belonging, the community and the people.
“The last few months have undoubtedly been difficult for many, and as we learned during another difficult period in 2020, this is often when we look to our local area and community for support and happiness.”
The full list – including average property price and monthly rent
1. St Ives, Cornwall £523,731, £1,152
2. Galashiels, Scotland, £153,546, £530
3. Woodbridge, Suffolk, £481,978, £1,196
4. Hexham, Northumberland, £262,265, £810
5. Perth, Scotland, £179,410, £812
6. Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber, £381,124, £1,327
7. Anglesey, Wales, £324,048, £766
8. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, £334,160, £1,368
9. Stirling, Scotland, £197,075, £990
10. Cirencester, Gloucestershire, £382,065, £1,331
11. Richmond-upon-Thames, London, £1,153,347, £3,931
12. Falmouth, Cornwall, £373,752, £1,289
13. Monmouth, Wales, £331,844, £1,104
14. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, £383,553, £1,274
15. Worcester, West Midlands, £286,250, £1,059
16. Northwich, Cheshire, £246,995, £942
17. Altrincham, Cheshire £615,246, £2,297
18. Macclesfield, Cheshire, £292,078, £1,146
19. Newbury, Berkshire £380,842, £1,364
20. Llandudno, Wales, £260,245, £760