Cirencester named one of the happiest places to live

The 'capital of the Cotswolds' has been voted one of the happiest places to live in Britain, in a new survey by estate agents Rightmove.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Voters considered a list of 13 'happiness factors' to name Cirencester as one of the happiest places to live.

Cirencester has been voted one of the top 10 happiest places to live in Great Britain, in a new study by Rightmove of more than 26,000 residents living in cities, towns and villages across England, Scotland and Wales.

Ranking number five on the top 10 national list, Cirencester joins the likes of Richmond upon Thames, Winchester, Monmouth and Wokingham; with Skipton, Hemel Hempstead, Kensington and Chelsea, St Ives and Hexham following close behind.

And in the regional list for the south west, Cheltenham came tenth while Gloucester took the number 12 spot.

The survey asked residents throughout Great Britain how they felt about where they lived based on 13 'happiness factors', with community spirit, green spaces, friendly people and a sense of belonging being among the most important.

Cirencester, which was also named best place to live in the south west in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2023 list, was described in the survey as being a haven for dog lovers due to its beautiful parks and surrounding countryside, with a thriving high street and a vibrant cultural scene, with the Barn Theatre and New Brewery Arts as highlights.

Rightmove property expert, Tim Bannister, said: 'With the results of this year’s study highlighting that residents continue to value living near green spaces and natural beauty, estate agents who are not already doing so should consider making sure that they clearly highlight nearby green spots to appeal to potential buyers.'

See SoGlos's top pick of 11 things to do in Cirencester, for even more reasons to love this vibrant Cotswold town.

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