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Tunbridge Wells is one of the top 10 happiest places to live nationwide

A new survey has listed a Kent town as one of the places its residents feel the best about living in.

Real estate company Rightmove placed Tunbridge Wells at ninth place in its annual Happy at Home Index.

The study asked more than 21,000 people across 219 areas about how content they are with where they live.

Tunbridge Wells was named the third happiest place to live in the South East and in ninth place nationwide.
Tunbridge Wells was named the third happiest place to live in the South East and in ninth place nationwide.

Tunbridge Wells fared better in the South East rankings, where it came third behind Farnham and Newbury.

Cllr David Jukes, leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council said: "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."

Tonbridge is in 16th place for the top 40 regional figures, followed by Ashford in 25th place, Maidstone in 30th place and Canterbury in 31st place.

Dartford, Rochester and Dover took the bottom three slots.

Leigh-on-Sea was crowned as the happiest area of the country to reside in once again, having won the same award two years ago.

Rightmove’s housing market expert Miles Shipside said: “Every year the factors that drive happiness tend to be about how people feel living in an area and the people around them. This year, however, 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.

"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.”


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