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Move to Suffolk and Live Happily Ever After?
Author: Carl Shave - Director
Updated on January 10th, 2018

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It’s official: The East of England is the UK’s happiest place to live according to Rightmove’s recent ‘Happy at Home’ survey. Almost 24,000 people completed the survey which saw five East Anglian towns make the top ten. Those of you living in the East of England will know just how idyllic life in this part of the country can be, but it was nice to finally have this confirmed by the latest UK-wide poll.

The East of England’s happiest locations

Leigh-on-Sea was the top rated town in the region and officially the happiest place to live in the whole of the UK, coming in ahead of more than 200 locations. Leigh-on-Sea, a town of unique character and charm, was for a long time one of the country’s most up-and-coming locations, but this latest research puts it well and truly on the map.

Coming in second in the region and fourth place nationally was the historic market town of Hertford, with its abundance of pubs, restaurants and riverside walks. Next on the list was Stanford-Le-Hope, which had a national ranking of seven and is a popular spot for London commuters in search of a rural retreat.

With three of the top seven positions, you could be excused for thinking the East of England was the only happy place in the UK. This contented reputation was cemented by both Hitchin and Woodbridge, which managed to squeeze into the top ten in ninth and tenth position respectively.

What makes the East of England so happy?

To gauge the ‘happiness’ of each location, the residents were asked to rate how they felt their town scored in the following 12 ranking factors:

  1. Community spirit
  2. Safety
  3. Sense of belonging
  4. The cost of living
  5. Friendliness
  6. Ability to be one’s self
  7. Sports and recreational activities
  8. Artistic and cultural activities
  9. Opportunities to develop skills
  10. Nature and green spaces
  11. Essential local services
  12. Non-essential amenities

Leigh-on-Sea came in top position for four of the 12 ranking factors, including sports and recreational activities, and artistic activities, while Stanford-Le Hope had the best community spirit of any town in the UK.

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If you’d like to share in some of the happiness here in the East of England, please get in touch with our team to discuss your mortgage options with one of our expert advisors today.

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