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Britain's happiest towns
  • According to the Met Office, Eastbourne is the sunniest place in the UK. With beautiful coastal scenery and plenty of Vitamin D to go around, Eastbourne residents have plenty to be happy about. 

  • Rightmove surveyed 40,000 people on 110 towns to find the happiest residents and Harrogate came out on top. According to the report, Northerners are happier about where they live than Southerners, with nine of the ten ‘unhappiest’ locations in Greater London. 
  • Fleet in Hampshire has been named the happiest place to live in the UK for the last three years running. The annual Halifax Quality of Life survey found that the town scored highly on everything from weather to employment. Residents of the area are also among the healthiest in the country, with 97.4% reporting to be in good health.  
  • According to the Office of National Statistics, people who live in rural areas are happiest. Those living in Orkney report the highest levels of life satisfaction, self-worth and happiness across the whole of the UK. They also report low levels of anxiety. 

  • Stockport in Manchester came second to Harrogate in Rightmove's 2013 happiness report. The area is surrounded by scenic loacations including Alderley Edge, Buxton and Cheadle. 
  • Travel site Jetpac analysed 100 million Instagram photos in an attempt to build a recommendation system based on geotagged images. According to the results, Belfast is the happiest city, specifically the Parlour Bar in the city.

  • Ipswich came third in Rightmove's happiest places in the UK report. The report also found that residents of Ipswich were the most contented residents in the country.

  • In Jetpac's innovative Instagram survey, Bournemouth proved to be the second happiest place in the UK. 
  • Exeter topped Rightmove's list of 110 locations for neighbourliness. 
  • Fleet in Hampshire has been named the happiest place to live in the UK for the last three years running. The annual Halifax Quality of Life survey found that the town scored highly on everything from weather to employment. Residents of the area are also among the healthiest in the country, with 97.4% reporting to be in good health.  
  • The town of Thaxted offers cheap property in comparison to the surrounding area of Essex. The countryside town also offers easy access to London making it the second happiest town in the UK, according to the Halifax Quality of Life survey.