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It's not grim up north: Happiness survey finds 9 out of 10 unhappiest towns are down south
By Daily Mail Reporter
They may have less sunshine and colder weather on the whole. But people up North are much happier with the area where they live than their counterparts in the South, a survey has shown.
Researchers assessed how residents felt about their area, the size and condition of homes, neighbourliness and safety levels among 12 measurements of happiness.
The five towns or cities that came out best were all in the North of England, with Carlisle scoring highest, followed by York, Huddersfield, Harrogate and Chester.
The only southern towns in the top ten were Norwich, Dorchester and Exeter. Llandudno in Wales and Derby in the East Midlands completed the list.
By contrast, nine of the ten lowest-scoring towns, cities or areas were in the South, according to the survey from property website Rightmove.
The East London area was classed with the lowest scores, followed by Ilford, South East London, Luton and Romford.
Oldham was the only northern town in the bottom ten of the site’s ‘Happy At Home’ Index.
Rightmove director Miles Shipside said: ‘This extensive study of over 25,000 people across the UK gives an insight into how happy at home we are as a nation and which factors provide us with the most contentment.’
He added: ‘Our research provides an interesting challenge to the typical view of the North/South divide.
‘Neither Carlisle nor the North regularly features at the top of too many property market league tables.
‘But this does not appear to be playing on the minds of those who live there too much.’
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