We’re happy and we know it: why North­ern towns are smiles bet­ter

Hap­pi­ness, hap­pi­ness, the great­est thing we pos­sess and York­shire has more of it than any other county.

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good shops and the state and pri­vate schools are bril­liant. It’s also got good train links and the coun­try­side is in easy reach.

“We have a lot of peo­ple mov­ing here from the south in gen­eral and London in par­tic­u­lar. In­creas­ingly we’re get­ting a lot of fam­i­lies who live in the coun­try com­ing to live in the city be­cause they are fed up driv­ing their chil­dren to and from ac­tiv­i­ties. In fact there is a real de­mand for prop­erty here at the mo­ment and I only wish I could en­tice more peo­ple to sell.”

Paul Keigh­ley, of Bram­leys es­tate agents in Hud­der­s­field, is sur­prised that his na­tive town has reached num­ber three.

He says: “I’m amazed be­cause to be hon­est be­cause some peo­ple still have the per­cep­tion that it’s all flat caps and whip­pets here but those of us live here know that it is not like that at all.

“There are some fan­tas­tic places to live and some great ar­chi­tec­ture thanks mainly to the wealth gen­er­ated by tex­tiles. At one point it had more mil­lion­aires than any­where in the UK and you can see that money in some of the prop­er­ties we have. It is also friendly and down to earth and wher­ever you are in Hud­der­s­field, you are close to coun­try­side.”

Over in Har­ro­gate, which took fourth place, Toby Mil­bank, of Strutt and Parker, speaks as some­one who traded “un­happy” London to live in York­shire.

He says: “I thought Har­ro­gate was the best place to live and work in the North, which is why I chose it. The en­vi­ron­ment is lovely es­pe­cially the un­du­lat­ing ground and the green spa­ces of the Stray and Val­ley Gar­dens. There are great shops and you have proper coun­try­side on the doorstep.”

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