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The Happiest Place in the UK Has Just Been Revealed

Picture of Alice Johnston
Food Editor
Updated: 4 October 2017
If you want to move to the happiest place in the UK, you’d better pack your walking boots and a copy of Wuthering Heights.

Craven, a district in the southern Yorkshire Dales, has the highest happiness levels in the country according to a survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Craven also reported the lowest levels of anxiety in the country.

The area is filled with beautiful views and cosy pubs, and includes the picturesque town of Skipton, statuesque Bolton Abbey and the rolling Yorkshire Dales.

Bolton Abbey is in the district of Craven
Bolton Abbey is in the district of Craven | © Julietphotography/Shutterstock

It also has good schools, excellent transport links and strong communities, which goes some way towards explaining the high levels of happiness.

Craven scored 8.3 out of a possible 10 for happiness, beating the national average of 7.5. For life satisfaction it scored 8.45, easily beating runner-up North Warwickshire’s score of 8.36.

The most unhappy place is Hertsmere, in Hertfordshire with a rating of 6.87. The place with the lowest life satisfaction is Greenwich, scoring 7.28.

Skipton canal
Skipton canal | Flickr © Tim Green

In 2014 the Sunday Times named Skipton the best place to live in the UK, with its high street beating London’s Portobello Road as the best in the country. It also boasts a grand medieval castle and a regular thriving market in the town centre.

Craven’s residents are delighted with the results of the survey. District council chief executive Paul Shevlin told the Guardian: ‘As you might expect, I’m very happy to hear this. We’re often recognised as one of the best places to live and this is hardly surprising when you look at our beautiful countryside, brilliant schools, amazing communities and our warm and friendly people.’

The Ribblehead Viaduct in Craven, a Grade II* listed structure from 1875
The Ribblehead Viaduct in Craven, a Grade II* listed structure from 1875 | © Capture Light/Shutterstock

Essentially, we should all move to Yorkshire.

The survey involves the ONS asking people over the age of 16 questions such as, ‘Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?’ with participants giving a score between zero (‘not at all’) and 10 (‘completely’).

If you want to try and emulate Yorkshirian levels of happiness, consider eating a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, hiking across a moor, drinking tea strong enough to strip paint and viewing sculptures that are part of a breathtaking natural landscape.