Suffolk & Essex towns make the UK’s happiest…

Posted 02 Sep 2016

A national Rightmove survey of nearly 24,000 participants has placed a Suffolk and Norfolk town in the top 10 of the UK’s happiest places to live.

The survey, which set out 12 factors ranging from friendliness of the neighbours to provision of local services ranked Woodbridge 10th happiest and Leigh-on-Sea as the UK’s number one happiest place to reside.


The Ipswich Star interviewed the Mayor of Woodbridge Stephen Attwell, who commented that he “wasn’t surprised” by the results.  With its fascinating selection of historic and contemporary buildings combined with amazing views across the River Deben, he said:

“It’s a very safe town with a low crime rate, has a good range of shops and facilities and is well-placed for visiting the sea and cultural places like Aldeburgh – it’s a very attractive place to live.”

Woodbridge also scored highly under the section “I can be myself”, which saw the town rank 2 out of 206.

Overall, the next highest-ranking town in Suffolk and North Essex was Bury St Edmunds, which came in at a credible 13th.

Congratulations to Leigh-on-Sea who secured the top spot.  The Independent covered this story and highlighted its “real village feel”, community spirit, range of independent shops and that the town was “really buzzing”.


Rightmove’s interactive survey results are here.

 Click here for the Ipswich Star article and here for coverage from the Independent.


by Luke Golding