Do you live in the happiest place in Britain for 2019?

Residents of the Northumberland market town of Hexham will have a smile on their faces today after they gained the title of the happiest place to live in Britain.

They join residents in other parts of the North of England – including Harrogate, Skipton, Altrincham and Southport – which also appeared in the top 10 list compiled by property website Rightmove.

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

Historic Hexham has been named the happiest place to live by property website Rightmove

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

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.

TOP 25 HAPPIEST PLACES TO LIVE IN BRITAIN
RANK PLACE REGION AVERAGE ASKING PRICE
1 Hexham North East £254,237
2 Harrogate Yorkshire and The Humber £341,524
3 Richmond upon Thames Greater London £815,717
4 Skipton Yorkshire and The Humber £233,274
5 Llandrindod Wells Wales £145,016
6 Altrincham North West £520,899
7 Monmouth Wales £310,050
8 Dorchester South West £295,124
9 Sevenoaks South East £684,806
10 Southport North West £209,360
11 Galashiels Scotland £139,798
12 Northwich North West £207,930
13 Guildford South East £506,167
14 Cheltenham South West £349,364
15 Kingston upon Thames Greater London £579,250
16 Truro South West £266,601
17 Macclesfield North West £238,637
18 Poole South West £378,041
19 Leamington Spa West Midlands £332,796
20 Cirencester South West £320,536
21 Perth Scotland £158,355
22 Tonbridge South East £434,045
23 Salisbury South West £291,540
24 Hemel Hempstead East of England £397,174
25 Bath South West £453,196
Source: Rightmove     

They were also asked about local amenities such as sports facilities, arts and culture, shops, restaurants, doctors’ surgeries, schools and green spaces.

Historic Hexham is host to a farmers’ market as well as Viking-themed events, an array of independent shops and Hexham Old Gaol – reputed to be England’s earliest purpose-built prison.

The town is a tourist gateway to Hadrian’s Wall and Hexham Abbey, with its 1,300-year-old history, stands at its heart.

This four-bed semi-detached house in Cockshaw, Hexham is for sale for £275,000 via estate agent Andrew Coulson

This four-bed semi-detached house in Cockshaw, Hexham is for sale for £275,000 via estate agent Andrew Coulson

Cultural Hexham has more than 200 historic buildings (pictured: Hexham Abbey)

Cultural Hexham has more than 200 historic buildings (pictured: Hexham Abbey)

The average price tag on a home in Hexham is £254,237, according to Rightmove

The average price tag on a home in Hexham is £254,237, according to Rightmove

Bob Hull, mayor of Hexham, said: ‘We have a really strong sense of community up here, which I think is a major reason why residents feel so happy living in Hexham.

‘We have a community-owned cinema and a thriving theatre and arts centre.

HAPPIEST REGIONS IN GREAT BRITAIN
RANK REGION
1 South West
2 South East
3 East of England
4 Wales
5 Scotland
6 East Midlands
7 Yorkshire and The Humber
8 North East
9 Greater London
10 West Midlands
Source: Rightmove 

‘Our parks have won various Green Flag awards and we’re just half an hour from Newcastle and a major airport.

‘We also boast lots of cultural heritage; the town is a gateway to Hadrian’s Wall, and we have more than 200 listed buildings, which is one of the highest ratios per building of towns this size.’

House hunters in Hexham may also find they can get more of a bargain now than a year ago.

Rightmove said the average price tag on a home there is £254,237 – 5 per cent lower than in 2018, but 9 per cent higher than five years ago.

Homes in Hexham are typically priced at nearly £50,000 less than the national average of £302,808.

Richard Walker, operations co-ordinator at Finest Properties in Hexham, said: ‘The character of this historic market town is easy to see, from the glorious Hexham Abbey that dominates the skyline to the winding streets that are home to independent shops, fabulous restaurants and the weekly market.’

Looking on a broader geographical level, Rightmove found the South West to be the happiest region, followed by the South East and the East.

This three-bedroom house in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, is for sale for £150,000 via estate agents James Dean

This three-bedroom house in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, is for sale for £150,000 via estate agents James Dean

This two-bed house in Skipton, Yorkshire, is on the market for £159,950 via estate agent Harrison Boothman

This two-bed house in Skipton, Yorkshire, is on the market for £159,950 via estate agent Harrison Boothman

Galashiels returned the highest score for nature and green spaces in Britain and was named as Scotland’s happiest place to live. It finished in 11th place overall.

Llandrindod Wells was identified as the happiest place to live in Wales, coming in fifth place overall across Britain.

Rightmove’s 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.’

Leigh-on-Sea in Essex came top in last year’s survey. This year, it slipped to 37th. 

This two-bed semi-detached in Richmond is for sale for £800,000 via Hamptons estate agent

This two-bed semi-detached in Richmond is for sale for £800,000 via Hamptons estate agent

THE HAPPIEST PLACES TO LIVE IN LONDON
Place National Rank Regional Rank
Richmond upon Thames 3 1
Kingston upon Thames 15 2
Kensington and Chelsea 28 3
Camden 30 4
Wandsworth 39 5
Bromley 47 6
Hackney 73 7
Merton 82 8
Westminster 83 9
Waltham Forest 86 10
Bexley 94 11
Lambeth 99 12
Islington 113 13
Greenwich 121 14
Lewisham 125 15
Tower Hamlets 129 16
City of London 133 17
Haringey 140 18
Barnet 143 19
Hammersmith and Fulham 146 20
Southwark 147 21
Hounslow 155 22
Havering 158 23
Redbridge 160 24
Sutton 169 25
Croydon 176 26
Hillingdon 177 27
Ealing 180 28
Harrow 181 29
Enfield 182 30
Brent 191 31
Newham 193 32
Barking and Dagenham 194 33
Source: Rightmove