The happiest place to live in Britain is this small town with a rich history.
HEXHAM has reclaimed the title of Britain’s happiest town.
The market town in Northumberland topped the annual Happy at Home index for the second year in a row, with last year’s winner St Ives in Cornwall dropping to eighth place.
The average house price in Hexham is £297,088 – less than a quarter of the price in Richmond, the leafy London suburb that came in second place.
£342,401 is the national average.
“We are a small town with great history,” said Hexham mayor Derek Kennedy.
“There is a wonderful sense of community.”
It’s fantastic to be in the open countryside.
We all know how wonderful it is to live in Hexham, but to be recognized in this way is incredible.”
The town of around 12,000 people is located 25 miles west of Newcastle on the south bank of the Tyne.
Part of a 7th-century monastery built with stones from nearby Hadrian’sWall can be found in its Abbey.
The index, compiled by property website Rightmove, polled over 21,000 people across the country on factors such as friendliness, community spirit, green spaces, schools, restaurants, shops, and sports facilities.
Last year’s house market in Hexham, according to Ailsa Mather of Hexham estate agents Andrew Coulson, was phenomenal.
“People have reevaluated what they want out of life, relocating closer to family and relocating away from the city.”
“People south of Birmingham accounted for over 38% of our sales in the last 12 months, as more people now have the option to work from home.”
Harrogate in North Yorkshire, a Victorian spa town, was ranked third.
Stirling was named the happiest city in Scotland, and Llandrindod Wells was named the happiest city in Wales.
Residents of coastal villages were also discovered to be the happiest in the annual study.