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Posted on Jan 22, 2019
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As a firm we’ve always enjoyed being based in Tunbridge Wells and the majority of our team live either in the town or reasonably close by. It turns out that we’re not alone in loving Tunbridge Wells as, according to the Happy at Home Index published by Rightmove at the end of last year, Tunbridge Wells is the ninth happiest place to live in the UK.
Topping the list was Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, followed by Farnham in Surrey and Monmouth in Wales. No other Kent towns made the top ten.
When the figures were announced, Cllr David Jukes, leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, told the Kent Messenger: “There’s a lot on offer for people living here including good schools, a strong independent retail sector, leisure facilities and countryside nearby. I think this demonstrates that our Five Year Plan is attractive to business investing in the town which in turn makes it a vibrant place to live and work.”
More than 21,000 people in Great Britain took part in the Rightmove Happy at Home Index, which asks residents how happy they are where they live, as well as asking them to rank 12 happiness factors:
1 I feel a sense of community spirit
2 I feel a sense of belonging
3 I feel safe
4 I earn enough to live comfortably
5 I can be myself
6 People are friendly and polite
7 Sports and recreational activities
8 Artistic and cultural activities
9 Opportunities to develop skills
10 Nature and green spaces
11 Essential local services (doctors, schools)
12 Non-essential amenities (shops, restaurants).
A sense of community spirit was found to be one of the key factors that contributed to residents feeling happy about where they live, and each of the top 10 happiest towns has a population of less than 60,000.
Miles Shipside housing market expert at Rightmove says: “Every year the factors that drive happiness tend to be about how people feel living in an area and the people around them. This time, however, a sense of belonging has become an even bigger driver of happiness, which shows the people of Great Britain really value feeling proud of the place they call home.”
He adds: “The relationship of these two factors suggests that people think highly of a thriving community spirit, which could explain why the top ten are all smaller places.”
We’ve been based in Tunbridge Wells for nearly 30 years now and we’d certainly recommend it as a great place to live and work.