Rightmove survey says Hitchin in UK top 10 for happiest places to live

PUBLISHED: 19:13 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:40 16 August 2016

Hitchin is ranked as the ninth happiest place to live in the UK, according to a Rightmove survey.

Hitchin is ranked as the ninth happiest place to live in the UK, according to a Rightmove survey.

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Hitchin is one of the happiest places to live in the UK, according to a survey by property search website Rightmove.

Top 10 happiest places to live in the country

1) Leigh-On-Sea

2) Troon

3) Harrogate

4) Hertford

5) Lytham St Annes

6) Shepperton

7) Stanford-Le-Hope

8) Shrewsbury

9) Hitchin

10) Woodbridge

Source: Rightmove

The market town was ranked 9th overall in the study, which asked 24,000 people across the country to rank 12 factors about their local area – from how friendly their neighbours are and how much people feel that they can be themselves, to how good the local services are.

Hitchin was ranked seventh for how much people feel that they can be themselves, and 10th for community spirit.

Top of the pile overall was Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, while Hertford was the highest ranked town in Herts at number four.

Another Herts town in the top 50 was St Albans, which was placed in 37th.

Baldock, Biggleswade and Letchworth all don’t feature in the survey, but Stevenage was 155th.

Bottom of the pile was Barking and Dagenham, ranked 206th.

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