THE TOP 10 HAP­PI­EST TOWNS...

Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

Houses for Sale ANY­ONE trot­ting out the old say­ing “it’s grim up north” can of­fi­cially be told to put a sock in it thanks to the lat­est piece of re­search from Rightmove.

The prop­erty por­tal sur­veyed the 25,000 peo­ple in a bid to find the hap­pi­est and un­hap­pi­est places to live.

North­ern towns dom­i­nate the hap­pi­est top 10 with Carlisle tak­ing first place fol­lowed by York, Hud­der­s­field and Har­ro­gate, which makes York­shire pos­i­tively bliss­ful and cer­tainly the most con­tented county.

Nine out of 10 of the un­hap­pi­est ar­eas are in the south with East London at num­ber one fol­lowed by Il­ford. Old­ham is the sixth most mis­er­able.

The sur­vey ques­tioned peo­ple about their level of con­tent­ment with ev­ery­thing from the size, value and decor of their homes to friend­li­ness of their neigh­bours, safety of their area and the qual­ity of lo­cal ameni­ties.

Carlisle’s ap­peal seems to lie in its rea­son­ably-priced hous­ing, com­mu­nity spirit, its at­trac­tive cen­tre and its prox­im­ity to the coast, the Lake Dis­trict and Scot­land.

Miles Ship­side, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of Rightmove, says the study shows peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of the at­trac­tive­ness of an area goes be­yond the strength of the hous­ing mar­ket and other fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tions. 1. Carlisle; 2. York 3. Hud­der­s­field 4. Har­ro­gate 5. Ch­ester 6. Llan­dudno 7. Nor­wich 8. Derby 9. Dorch­ester 10. Ex­eter

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