10 happiest places to live in England

The beautiful area of Richmondshire in Yorkshire and The Humber has been named as the happiest place to live in England, according to the Halifax Quality of Life Survey released this year.

Each location is based on local authority rather than a specific town or city. Results were depended on factors such as personal well-being, education, physical environment, leisure and employment. There was a great mix of places from around the country – from the Lake District to the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire.

So, without further ado, here are the ten happiest places to live in England! We’ve also featured the average price for a semi-detached house in each region for house sales in the last three months (the figures are correct at the time of writing).

1. Richmondshire, Yorkshire and The Humber

Taking the top spot for England is Richmondshire in North Yorkshire. Two years ago it was in 9th place in the whole of the UK. This year it scored very highly when it came to life satisfaction, low crime rates, low population density and class sizes in primary schools. There’s plenty of interesting things to do such as see a show at the Georgian Theatre Royal, the UK’s oldest working theatre or head down to the races at Catterick.

Average price for a semi-detached house: £220,189

2. Rutland, East Midlands

Rutland is home to the best exam results in England, with 81.4% of pupils achieving standard passes for GCSEs in English and Maths. The UK average is currently 65.1%. As well as studious young people, Rutland is a good choice for those who love nature and history. There are plenty of stately homes, landscaped gardens and even a few windmills.

Average price for a semi-detached house: £266,511

3. Hambleton, Yorkshire and The Humber

Another beautiful region of Yorkshire and The Humber to be featured this year is the area of Hambleton. Situated to the east of the North York Moors National Park, Hambleton boasts plenty of outdoor pursuits such as fishing, falconry, hiking in the national parks and pony trekking. It’s no surprise that Hambleton scored highly in life satisfaction and personal wellbeing!

Average price for a semi-detached house: £159,516

4. Eden District, Cumbria

Home to Penrith and Appleby-in-Westmorland, the region of Eden in Cumbria is certainly one of the most picturesque places in the UK. The area also has the highest number of pubs at 28 per 10,000 adults (the national average is 10.1!). The area is right next door to Lake Windermere in the stunning Lake District National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty…and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s safe to say the Eden District is one of the most scenic places in England!

Average price for a semi-detached house: £181,550

5. South Oxfordshire, South East

Located just above Reading, the local authority of South Oxfordshire actually came top out of all the South East entries in this year’s quality of life survey. The area is full of gorgeous leafy villages and charming market towns. Part of the area is situated on the Chilterns and the rolling North Wessex Downs but it also has good transport links to Reading and Oxford, making it a favourite with commuters!

Average price for a semi-detached house: £378,567

6. Cotswolds, South West

Close to Cheltenham and Gloucester, the local authority of Cotswold topped the entries from the South West this year. Of course, this region is home to the spectacular Cotswolds, famed for quaint thatched cottages and luscious hills. There’s something for everyone in the Cotswolds including art galleries, hiking trails and museums…all set in a stunning backdrop!  

Average price for a semi-detached house: £319,722

7. Ryedale, Yorkshire and The Humber

Various towns and villages in Yorkshire and The Humber consistently top the UK’s happiest places to live polls. It’s no surprise that the local authority area of Ryedale is the 7th happiest place to live in England. It’s a good place for those who enjoy country life, with plenty of nature and wildlife to enjoy!

Average price for a semi-detached house: £268,000

8. St Albans East of England

The average salary in St Albans £1,112 per week, compared to the UK average at £674 per week. This means St Alban’s earners are making almost double that of the average in the UK. One of the biggest reasons for this is that St Albans is a popular commuter belt city to the capital – the train can take as little as 20 minutes to get to London St Pancras station! St Albans itself is a thriving place for creatives, with a blossoming indie scene.

Average price for a semi-detached house: £595,040

9. Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands

The Derbyshire Dales region is famed for being one of the most eco-friendly areas in England. The council prides itself on its conservation scheme – where there are over a thousand listed buildings, archeological sites, historic parks, gardens and more. The area is perfect for beer lovers too, as there are plenty of real ale festivals to enjoy!

Average price for a semi-detached house: £168,683

10. Vale of White Horse, South East

The South East features the most areas in the top 50 happiest places in England, with the 11th being Vale of White Horse. As one of the areas nestled between the Chiltern Hills and the Cotswolds, the region is well-known for its tranquil vibe and lush scenery. There are plenty of cosy pubs and contemporary yet charmingly rustic country restaurants.

Average price for a semi-detached house: £395,000

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