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South-west England the happiest region in the UK

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9th Jan 2023 Property

South-west England the happiest region in the UK
There is no shortage of local pride in Britain’s regions, but the sunny south-west, including Bristol, Bath and the towns and villages of Somerset and Gloucestershire, has the highest levels of satisfaction (76%) among locals when asked to rate the place where they live.

Satisfaction runs deep

New research from Legal & General as part of their Rebuilding Building Britain Index explores satisfaction levels across the UK. As part of the research, 20,000 people were surveyed to find out how satisfied they are with their lives - and how different factors – from work opportunities to transport – affect their levels of contentment.  The study found that Brits are largely happy with their neighbourhood – 69% say they’re satisfied with their local area.

The key to happiness

But not everyone would describe their local patch as a happy place to live. In the north-east of England, just 62% of respondents said they’re satisfied with their area – the lowest of any region. And when asked which factors have the biggest impact on satisfaction levels, the survey revealed that healthcare, public green spaces and a reliable mobile signal are crucial to how people view their surroundings.
Other factors include congestion and quality of local roads, as well as the availability of well-paid employment options.
What has the biggest impact on satisfaction in a local area
  • 62% access to high quality primary care (GP, pharmacy, dentist)
  • 50% Availability to public green spaces (parks, woodland & allotments)
  • 47% reliability of mobile telephone network signal
  • 45% Speed of internet at home
  • 44% local roads (level of congestion and quality of the road surface)
  • 42% reliability of mobile network internet data
  • 40% Availability of well-paid employment
  • 39% overall housing market
  • 34% Access to high quality secondary care such as hospital community care like midwifery
  • 32% a thriving local high street

The words on the street

Our health, happiness and sense of place is affected by the way we perceive the world around us. So how do Brits view different cities across the UK? A new survey commissioned by Legal and General asked respondents which words they would use to describe different urban centres. Here are the top answers:
LONDONExpensive (68%)SHEFFIELDIndustrial (43%)BIRMINGHAMIndustrial (36%)GLASGOWHistorical (35%)BRISTOLHistorical (28%)NEWCASTLEFootball (44%)CARDIFFRugby (35%)LEEDSFootball (33%)EDINBURGHHistorical (53%)BRIGHTONLively (42%)
 
Newcastle had the most UK respondents label the city as ‘friendly’ with 35% selected this as an option to describe the area. Sheffield (25%), Birmingham (24%), Cardiff (26%) and Brighton (30%) were the only other UK cities where ‘friendly’ was selected as one of the top 3 associated words.
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