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This is officially the happiest place to live in the UK

It’s got galleries, beaches and huge community vibes

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

Ever thought about packing up your bags and moving somewhere new? The happiest place to live in the UK for 2022 has officially been revealed, and we have to agree it sounds pretty appealing. 

Rightmove surveyed more than 21,000 people for its Happy at Home Index about where they live – and specifically how content they feel there.

The seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall took the top spot as the happiest place to live, scoring highly for its sense of community spirit and how comfortable the residents feel to be themselves. The town is home to the Tate St Ives art gallery, as well as the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, a working harbour and loads of nearby beaches.

Galashiels on the Scottish Borders took second place, scoring the highest for friendliness across the whole of the UK. The town of Woodbridge, Suffolk, came third, while Anglesey was found to be the happiest place to live in Wales.

Other locations in the top ten included Harrogate, Anglesey, Bury St Edmunds, Cirencester and Hexham.

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