Dorset town named one of the happiest places to live

Dorset town named one of the happiest places to live

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:59am 4th December 2019. (Updated at 12:01pm 4th December 2019)

A Dorset town has made the top ten list of the happiest places to live in Britain.

Dorchester has come in at number 8 on a poll by Rightmove. 

The Northumberland market town of Hexham has been crowned the winner.

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

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

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

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'How was happiness rate?'

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.

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.

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Rightmove's insights expert Lydia Yao said:

"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."