Britain's happiest towns


Fleet in Hampshire named Britain's happiest town

Are you happy with where you live or does your local town leave you feeling down in the dumps?

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has investigated the link between British towns and the moods of its citizens and it turns out that our surrounding do have an impact on our quality of life.

In 2013 the ONS asked people to rate their life satisfaction and personal wellbeing on a scale of zero to ten - zero being "not at all" and ten being "completely".

Although you might expect bustling cities with plenty to see and do the happiest of locations in Britain, the results from the study demonstrated the opposite.

Turns out wealth is not as important as you might think in determinging happiness.

"London has the most disposable income but very little life satisfaction and very high anxiety," said Dawn Snape, head of personal wellbeing at the ONS.

According to Dawn, the factors most associated with personal wellbeing include health, employment and relationship status.

People who live in towns including Reading, Slough, Milton Keynes and Brighton are among the most anxious in the country, suggesting that those who have to face a daily commute tend to be less happy.

We've rounded up the top ten happiest areas in the UK. Have a look at the gallery below to see if your town features.

Britain's happiest towns

Britain's happiest towns

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