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The happiest places to live and work in the UK

Brighton is the happiest place to live and work in the UK, according to a new study – but which other cities have made the list?

Brighton is the happiest place to live and work in the UK, according to a new study – but which other cities have made the list?

whether you’re a fan of bustling cities, historic towns, sleepy suburbs or quiet little villages, Great Britain has a lot to offer in terms of settling down and calling somewhere home. 

In fact, with so very many places to choose from, it can be difficult to work out which is the best option. Thank goodness, then, for the CV Library’s new survey, which has unveiled the 10 happiest places to live and work on our little island.

The UK’s leading independent job board recently asked the population: “Do you feel happy on a daily basis?”

Somewhat surprisingly, particularly when you consider the fact that we’re being buffeted by anxiety-inducing headlines on a 24/7 basis, it turns out that 58.7% of Brits do indeed feel happy every day. And this figure rose significantly amongst professionals working in Brighton (86.4%).

That’s right: Brighton has been deemed the happiest place to live and work in England. It’s easy to see why, too: a fashionable seaside resort since Georgian times, Brighton enjoys a sunny position on the south coast of England.  Since then, it has grown into one of the UK’s biggest tourist destinations, and is renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene etc.

Joining Brighton at the top of the list came Swansea, Glasgow and York.

Check out the full lists below to find out which places made the cut – and get some inspiration for your next big move, too…

Say hello to the top 10 happiest places to live and work in the UK

  1. Brighton – 86.4%
  2. Swansea – 75%
  3. Glasgow – 70.6%
  4. York – 66.7%
  5. Lincoln – 63.2%
  6. Belfast – 62.5%
  7. Edinburgh – 62.5%
  8. Birmingham – 61.3%
  9. London – 61%
  10. Manchester – 60%

Commenting on the findings, Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, says: “At a time where there’s constant negativity in the press, it’s fantastic to see that the majority of Brits still feel happy on a daily basis. 

“The findings got me thinking about an article I read once which really resonated with me: it said that success isn’t the key to happiness, it’s happiness that’s the key to success. I agree that feeling good in ourselves makes it easier to achieve our goals, whether that’s in our personal or professional lives.”

On the other hand, the cities where the percentage of respondents who said they were happy was below the national average, included Sheffield (57.7%), Bournemouth (57.1%), Oxford (55.6%), Bristol (55.6%), Newcastle (53.5%), Southampton (51.4%), Cambridge (47.5%), Liverpool (47.1%), Cardiff (44.8%), Bristol (44.4%) and Nottingham (40%).

Biggins concludes: “No-one can be happy all the time, but being able to make the most of the good times and cope effectively when life does get tough is crucial. If you are struggling, it’s important to not only seek professional help or talk to your loved ones, but also to really consider what’s making you unhappy. Make a list and try to think of solutions: maybe it’s time to find a new job, start a new hobby, or even take some time out to think about your goals.”

The happiest places to live and work in the UK
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