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Truro among the happiest places to live in Britain

Truro among the happiest places to live in Britain

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:46pm 4th December 2019. (Updated at 9:41am 5th December 2019)

Truro has been named as the third happiest place to live in the south west.

The Cornish city was also ranked as 16th in Britain.

More than 22,000 people from 194 different locations responded to Rightmove's happy at home index survey.

They were asked questions such as the extent to which they feel a sense of community spirit, feel safe, earn enough to live comfortably and whether locals are friendly and polite.

They were also asked about local amenities such as sports facilities, arts and culture, shops, restaurants, doctors' surgeries, schools and green spaces.

The Northumberland market town of Hexham has been crowned the happiest place to live in Britain overall.

Northern England made up half of the top 10 list compiled by Rightmove, with Harrogate, Skipton, Altrincham and Southport also appearing.

Richmond-upon-Thames in London, Dorchester in south-west England and Sevenoaks in the South East were also in the top 10, as were Llandrindod Wells and Monmouth, both in Wales.

"This just goes to show that people place enormous value on living somewhere that they're proud to call home.

"Our results also show that having friendly neighbours and being able to be yourself remain hugely important factors when measuring the happiest places to live in Great Britain."

Rightmove's insights expert Lydia Yao

Looking on a broader geographical level, Rightmove also said the South West of England was found to be the happiest region, followed by the South East and the East of England.

Galashiels returned the highest score for nature and green spaces in Britain and was named as Scotland's happiest place to live. It finished in 11th place overall.

Llandrindod Wells was identified as the happiest place to live in Wales, coming in fifth place overall across Britain.

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