An annual poll has revealed that Hexham, a town in Northumberland, is the happiest place to live in the UK.
The survey, conducted by online property company Rightmove, compiled the ‘happy home index’ based on the responses of more than 21,000 people across the UK, who were asked to explain how they feel about where they live.
Respondents were asked to rate several aspects of the place where they live, such as friendliness, community spirit, nature and green spaces, schools, restaurants, shops, and sports facilities.
It’s not the first time that Hexham has topped the list – the market town also claimed the number one spot in 2019.
Mayor of Hexham Derek Kennedy said: “Hexham is thrilled to be awarded the happiest place to live in Great Britain.
“We are a small town with great history, Hexham Abbey and other historical buildings, and our marketplace is 800 years old. There is a wonderful community spirit, people are very supportive of one another.”
“The open countryside is wonderful with Hadrian’s Wall on our doorstep. We have big ambitions to progress our sustainable development and we work with interested groups to enhance the town.”
The Mayor concluded; “We all know how great it is to live in Hexham but to win this accolade is fantastic.”
Ailsa Mather, director at Andrew Coulson estate agency in Hexham, added: “The last 12 months in the market have been phenomenal. People have re-evaluated what they want out of their lives, moving closer to family and moving from the city to the countryside.
“Over 38 per cent of our sales in the last 12 months have been from people south of Birmingham, as more people now have the opportunity to work from home, and don’t need to be in the city five days a week.”
Did your hometown make the top ten happiest places to live in the UK this year? Here’s the full list:
- Hexham, North East
- Richmond-upon-Thames, London
- Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber
- Hove, South East
- Llandrindod Wells, Wales
- Stirling, Scotland
- Monmouth, Wales
- St Ives, South West
- Anglesey, Wales
- Leamington Spa, West Midlands