Looking for happiness? Move to Leamington Spa…

Published by Hannah Nemeth on 11 October 2017.
Last updated on 12 October 2017

Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, according to an online property survey.

In fact, spa towns seem to bring out the best in their residents, with four of them featuring in the top 10 happiest places to live, according to Rightmove’s 2017 Happy at Home Index.

In second place in the survey - which more than 17,000 people took part in - is last year’s winner, Leigh-On-Sea, while the Wirral in North West England is in third place.

The property portal asked residents how happy they are where they live across 159 areas in Great Britain, ranking 12 happiness factors ranging from community spirit and a sense of belonging to feeling safe, how friendly the locals are and the quality of amenities.

Residents of Leamington Spa scored the town highly for its friendly neighbours, sense of belonging, and being a place where locals believe they can be themselves, plus its closeness to nature and green spaces. The average asking price of a home in Leamington Spa on Rightmove is £330,848 – almost £20,000 higher than last year and only slightly over the national average asking price of £310,003.

Caroline Evetts, the mayor of Royal Leamington Spa, puts the town’s success down to a diverse and welcoming community.

She says: “Royal Leamington Spa has it all, from our wonderful Regency buildings, and impressive parks and gardens, to its unique mix of high street shops and independent boutiques. 

“Leamington people are welcoming with an impressive cultural community diversity that adds to the whole happy attitude.”

Something in the water

Other spa towns that residents rank highly for happiness are

Harrogate, which came fourth this year but was the winner for three years in a row {between 2013 and 2015 }https://www.moneywise.co.uk/news/2014-05-21/do-you-live-the-happiest-uk-town, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Epsom, which are ranked fifth and seventh respectively.

Llandrindod Wells was named the happiest place to live in Wales and 12th in Great Britain, while Cheltenham came in 29th place and Bath was 38th.

In Scotland, residents were happiest in the town of Dumfries.

Seven out of the top 10 happiest places are in the South, including Richmond upon Thames, which is the happiest place to live in London.

Abiola Oni, Rightmove’s research manager, says: “It’s the people in an area and how someone feels about living there that makes the biggest difference. So the strength of community spirit, people feeling like they belong and that they can be themselves are all more important than the services and money that they have, though these do still contribute to overall happiness.”

 

THE TOP 10 HAPPIEST PLACES

Rank

Place

Region

1

Leamington Spa

West Midlands

2

Leigh-on-Sea

South East

3

Wirral

North West

4

Harrogate

Yorkshire

5

Tunbridge Wells

South East

6

King’s Lynn

East of England

7

Epsom

South East

8

Richmond upon Thames

Greater London

9

Poole

South West

10

Chichester

South East

 

 

 

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