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St Ives is considered the happiest place in the UK – but did YOUR city make the list?


The Cornish town of St Ives has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, with five of the 20 happiest places in any coastal town in the Southwest.

The idyllic surfing hotspot topped the list of places Brits are most satisfied with in a new survey by real estate website Rightmove.

Rightmove's 2020 study of over 21,000 respondents found that people living in coastal areas generally feel happiest when they live there.

Five of the 20 happiest places this year are coastal locations. Besides St. Ives, these are Falmouth, Weymouth, Plymouth and Poole – all places in the southwest.

The poll also found Skipton in North Yorkshire was the second happiest place in the country and Leamington Spa in Warwickshire was the third.

The top 20 include Skipton, Leamington Spa, Llandrindod Wells, Perth, Kendal, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dorchester, Harrogate, Richmond across the Thames, Falmouth, Hexham, Weymouth, Shrewsbury, Tonbridge, Plymouth and Poole.

Richmond upon Thames finished tenth on this year's national team and was named the happiest place to live in London for the sixth year in a row.

Rightmove's 2020 study of over 21,000 respondents found that people living in coastal areas generally feel happiest when they live there. The top 10 locations are: 1. St. Ives, Cornwall 2. Skipton, North Yorkshire 3. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 4. Llandrindod Wells, Powys 5. Perth, Perthshire 6. Kendal, Cumbria 7. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire 8 Dorchester, Dorset 9. Harrogate, North Yorkshire 10. Richmond upon Thames, London

The Cornish town of St Ives has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, with five of the 20 happiest places in any coastal town in the Southwest

The Cornish town of St Ives has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, with five of the 20 happiest places in any coastal town in the Southwest

Skipton, in North Yorkshire, was ranked the second happiest place in the country

Skipton, in North Yorkshire, was ranked the second happiest place in the country

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been ranked the 3rd happiest place in the UK

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been ranked the 3rd happiest place in the UK

Llandrindod Wells was named the happiest place to live in Wales and also had the highest score in the UK for residents who feel able to be themselves.

Perth tops the Scottish list and has one of the strongest community spirits according to the Rightmove study.

TOP 20 HAPPIEST PLACES IN UK

1. St. Ives, Cornwall

2. Skipton, North Yorkshire

3. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

4. Llandrindod Wells, Powys

5. Perth, Perthshire

6. Kendal, Cumbria

7. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

8. Dorchester, Dorset

9. Harrogate, North Yorkshire

10. Richmond upon Thames, London

11. Falmouth, Cornwall

12. Hexham, Northumberland

13. Weymouth, Dorset

14. Shrewsbury, Shropshire

15. Tonbridge, Kent

16. Plymouth, Devon

17. Poole, Dorset

18. Northwich, Cheshire

19. Barnstaple, Devon

20. Guildford, Surrey

Tim Bannister, Director of Property Data at Rightmove, said, “Our latest research shows that despite all of the challenges this year has brought, many people have been able to reconnect with their region and community, which is what matters has had a positive effect on their attitude towards the place you live.

“Overall, I think that Lockdown has allowed people to rediscover what is on their doorstep and spend more time in their local areas has made people appreciate their surroundings and their communities so much more.

& # 39; This year's study shows a greater appreciation for green space and nature, as well as a strong correlation between people who live in coastal and rural areas and people's satisfaction where they live.

"Since the lockdown, we've had a trend towards more people wanting to live in smaller communities, so it's very fitting to see the quaint town of St Ives top the list in 2020."

The results of this year's Happy at Home index show that the residents of St. Ives are happier with the nature and green spaces of their region than any other community.

Residents also rated their neighbors as the friendliest in the UK, while demand for property in St Ives more than doubled over the past year compared to that time.

The average asking price for a house in the quaint town is nearly £ 415,000, five percent more than last year and 19 percent more than five years ago.

Tony Harris, Mayor of St. Ives added: “This news does not surprise me or the local residents as we all know St. Ives is a great place to live.

“It's also no surprise that our city is such a popular visitor destination. Everyone wants to try for a short time what the residents enjoy every day. & # 39;

People who live in rural and coastal areas are more satisfied with their place of residence than respondents who live in cities and urban areas. This reflects the national trend that people want better access to outside spaces.

The study also found that people who live in rural and coastal areas were more likely to have developed greater affinity with their local area during the initial embargo. The study suggests that access to green spaces makes people more appreciative of where they live.

Jacob Taylor, Sales Negotiator at Dacre, Son & Hartley in Skipton, the second happiest place this year, said, "We are the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and some of the most spectacular places in the country."

Jessie Wright, Chief Negotiator at Bradley's Estate Agents in St. Ives, said, “I think there are a number of reasons people are so happy down here, but we all definitely appreciated our hometown more during the embargo.

“This year everyone looked after each other, and with tourism being the city's biggest income, we've always been a very welcoming community and tourists certainly flocked to St Ives this summer. We worked really hard to keep everyone safe and to make sure the local businesses survived. & # 39;

Of those looking to buy or rent in the next 12 months, 56 percent said they attach greater importance to access to nature and green spaces when deciding on the area and apartment in which to live.

This trend is most noticeable among younger moving companies in the 18-34 age group.

Overall, the experience of spending more time at home and in the region this year has had a positive effect on people's quality of life.

Around 36 percent said that they now like their area more, 46 percent said that their feelings have not changed, and 18 percent said that they now like their area less.

In the ninth year of the Rightmove study, residents are asked to give their opinion about where they live and rate 10 happiness factors.

The factors range from the friendliness of the neighbors and the good local services to the sense of belonging and the quality of nature in the region.

1. St. Ives, Cornwall

St. Ives, north of Penzance and west of Camborne, used to be commercially dependent on fishing.

The decline in fishing resulted in a shift in commercial focus and the city became the popular seaside resort it is today.

It was named the UK's best seaside town in 2010 and 2011.

The Cornish town of St Ives has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, with five of the 20 happiest places in any coastal town in the Southwest

The Cornish town of St Ives has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, with five of the 20 happiest places in any coastal town in the Southwest

2. Skipton, North Yorkshire

The name Skipton, which means "sheep town" in an ancient northern dialect, was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Located in the Craven borough of North Yorkshire on the Aire, it was an important site during the English Civil War.

The city was also the site of a prisoner-of-war camp during World War I.

Skipton, in North Yorkshire, was ranked the second happiest place in the country

Skipton, in North Yorkshire, was ranked the second happiest place in the country

3. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Leamington Spa developed into a town in the 18th century after the water, known for its medicinal properties, became popular.

The city expanded rapidly during the industrial revolution and is dotted with beautiful Regency architecture.

The city is named after the Leam River that flows through the city.

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been ranked the 3rd happiest place in the UK

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been ranked the 3rd happiest place in the UK

4. Llandrindod Wells, Powys

The fifth largest town in Powys, Llandrindod developed into a spa town in the 19th century before booming as a center of local government in the 20th century.

It was the site of the election of the first Archbishop of Wales and continues to have a profile in the world of motorsport.

Like Skipton, Llandrindod was an important place during the World Wars as soldiers were trained and military hospitals were set up to treat the wounded.

Llandrindod Wells was named fourth overall for being the happiest place to live in Wales and has the highest score in the UK for residents who feel able to be themselves

Llandrindod Wells was named fourth overall for being the happiest place to live in Wales and has the highest score in the UK for residents who feel able to be themselves

5. Perth, Perthshire

Perth, in central Scotland, has been known as The Fair City since Sir Walter Scott published the story Fair Maid of Perth in 1828.

In the later Middle Ages, the city was also known as St. John & # 39; s Toun or Saint Johnstoun in relation to its main church, which was dedicated to John the Baptist.

The name is retained by the city's football club, St. Johnstone FC.

Perth finished fifth, tops the Scottish list and has one of the strongest community spirits

Perth finished fifth, tops the Scottish list and has one of the strongest community spirits

6. Kendal, Cumbria

Today Kendal is best known as a tourist center, home of the Kendal mint cake and producer of pipe tobacco and snuff.

It is a chartered market town with the third largest population in Cumbria (28,586 according to the 2011 census) after Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

There are several exhibits in Kendal, including the Kendal Museum (one of the oldest in the country), Kendal Castle, and the Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

Kendal in Cumbria was voted sixth on Rightmove's list of the 20 happiest places to live

Kendal in Cumbria was voted sixth on Rightmove's list of the 20 happiest places to live

7. Straford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Stratford-upon-Avon was originally inhabited by Anglo-Saxons and remained a village before John of Coutances made plans to develop it into a town in 1196.

In the same year, Stratford was given a charter to hold a weekly market in the city, which gave it market town status, which led to an increase in trade and commerce, as well as urban expansion.

It is a popular tourist destination as the birthplace and burial place of William Shakespeare and receives approximately 2.5 million visitors annually.

Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace, was voted seventh by Rightmove

Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace, was voted seventh by Rightmove

8. Dorchester, Dorset

Dorchester in Dorset was first settled in prehistoric times, and a Roman garrison was established there after local tribes were defeated.

After the Romans left, the city lost its importance, but it became an important commercial and political center in the Middle Ages.

It was the site of the & # 39; Bloody Assizes & # 39; directed by Judge Jeffreys after the Monmouth Rebellion and later the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Dorchester has been ranked the 8th luckiest place in the UK by property website Rightmove

Dorchester has been ranked the 8th luckiest place in the UK by property website Rightmove

9. Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate, a spa town in North Yorkshire, emerged in the 17th century from two smaller settlements, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate.

The city was known as "The English Spa" in the Georgian era and is known for its spa that contains water Iron, sulfur and table salt.

Chalybeate water was a popular health treatment in the 18th century and the influx of wealthy but sick visitors added to its prosperity.

Harrogate in North Yorkshire has been rated the ninth luckiest place in the UK

Harrogate in North Yorkshire has been rated the ninth luckiest place in the UK

10. Richmond-upon-Thames, London

Richmond, in southwest London, was founded in the 16th century after the Richmond Palace was built by Henry VII.

It used to be part of the old parish of Kingston upon Thames in Surrey but became part of the London borough of Richmond upon Thames in 1965.

Richmond is full of shops, restaurants and cafes, family accommodation and offices for local and national businesses.

Richmond upon Thames finished tenth on this year's national team and was named London's happiest place to live for the sixth year in a row

Richmond upon Thames finished tenth on this year's national team and was named London's happiest place to live for the sixth year in a row

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