Kingston is the sixth happiest place to live in the United Kingdom, a survey has discovered.Rightmove’s Happy At Home Index for 2013, topped by North Yorkshire town Harrogate, showed that Kingston’s residents were the most content of all in Greater London.
Miles Shipside, Rightmove Director, said: “The top-ranked places in our survey reflect the fact that we need a healthy balance of not only confidence in the value of our homes and pride in where we live, but also all-round enjoyment of the things to do and in our area and sense of well-being in the local community.”
The index was calculated by gauging 12 factors including space, value, costs and pride from the responses of 38,624 people.
Kingston was ranked as the best area for amenities and recreation, the latter category saw fellow Greater London borough Croydon receive the lowest score. The report also highlighted distinctly poor results for London with the capital city contributing nine of the ten worst performing areas.
Mr Shipside added: “Among the reasons why London was marked down by its residents are topics that may be considered as sacrifices when living in a major city, such as the amount of space to live comfortably and overall safety.
“On the flipside, it’s not surprising that four of the top ten locations for amenities are based in London given the cultural riches on offer.”