Harrogate is the UK’s happiest place to call home

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Residents in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate are the happiest in the UK and people living in the North are overall happier than those in the South, according to Rightmove’s ‘Happy At Home Index’ for 2013.

Rightmove’s index uses 12 distinct factors to measure how the British public feels about where they live, covering feelings towards our ‘property’, our ‘home’ and our ‘community’. The result is a unique, nationwide insight into the emotive relationship we have with the place we call home. The survey results also highlight a wealth of fascinating quirks and characteristics about towns, cities and regions up and down the UK; from the fact that people in Lincoln are the most house-proud in the country, to those in Hereford feeling the safest about where they live, and Swansea and Aberdeen being the happiest places to be in Wales and Scotland respectively.

How did your town rank? Check out our interactive tool now.

Rightmove director Miles Shipside comments:
“Rightmove’s Happy At Home Index looks to capture how the British public truly feels about ‘home’ and gives us a view of the happiest places in the UK as rated by those who know best – the people who live there.”

Harrogate comes out on top in the Happy At Home Index for 2013 by virtue of its residents feeling ‘happy’ across a broad range of factors. Although the town did not rank highest on any single measure, it featured in the top 10 on four of the 12 measures, namely; investment (how much residents choose to spend on their home), safety (how safe people feel in their home and local community), recreation (the extent to which people enjoy spending time in the local area) and neighbourliness (how friendly and polite respondents consider their neighbours).

Shipside adds:
“Harrogate’s position at the top of our Happy At Home Index demonstrates the complex web of factors that makes for a happy place to live. The top-ranked places in our survey reflect the fact that we need a healthy balance of not only confidence in the value of our homes and pride in where we live, but also all-round enjoyment of the things to do and in our area and sense of well-being in the local community.”

Find out how we conducted the survey and how your town or city ranked regionally and nationally using our interactive Happy At Home Index tool.

Read the full report here.

2 Responses to “Harrogate is the UK’s happiest place to call home”

  1. A.Dyson Says:

    It’s good to see for a change, that London does NOT come top in every survey conducted! In fact, in this survey “Happiest places to live in the UK” many areas of London come near the bottom of the long list!
    Harrogate is indeed a picturesque little town, with very well-kept flower beds throughout the central town area, although I’m surprised it came out top as it is a long way from a major airport and does not have any large shopping centres or major arenas for concert gigs within ten miles.

  2. Holly Says:

    Driving through Yorkshire last year, my partner and I stopped in Harrogate for tea. We both felt that it was a place we could live if we ever left our beloved Scotland. It’s truly a magical town and the people were so open and friendly.

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