Which Gloucestershire town is among the happiest in the UK?
By David Wood | 1st December 2022
A Gloucestershire town has been voted one of the happiest places to live in Britain.
Cirencester was voted the 10th happiest place to live in the country in an annual survey carried out by Rightmove, which surveyed 21,000 people.
The Cornish seaside town of St Ives was crowned the happiest place to live in Britain, knocking Hexham off the top slot, having alternated with the Northumberland market town for first place since 2019.
The survey ranked places on various factors, including community spirit, how much people feel a sense of belonging to their area, whether there is access to green space, and how comfortable residents feel to be themselves.
Cirencester town councillor Sarah Orr, who has lived in the town since she was four, said: "I definitely agree with this survey. It's a wonderful town to grow up in and live in, hence why I represent it.
"The people are lovely, we've got great resources, good schools and it's just a really nice place to live in. I'm not Cirencester born but I'm definitely bred!"
A spokesperson for Cirencester Town Council said: "It's great to be acknowledged as one of the top 10 happiest places to live. It really is the sense of community and the people who make Cirencester the happy place it is, with an incredible history, independent shops, individual food and inspirational events."
According to Rightmove, the average asking price for a house in Cirencester is £382,065 and the average rent per month is £1,331.
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