Luton ‘the eighth unhappiest place in the country to live’

A ''Welcome to Luton' sign along Barton Road
A ''Welcome to Luton' sign along Barton Road

Luton is the eighth unhappiest place to live in the country, according to new research.

The finding came as part of an annual survey by property website Rightmove, which asks people how they feel about where they live.

The poll of more than 24,000 people asked questions such as how proud they are of their home, whether they are satisfied with how it is decorated, how safe they feel in their community, whether they have enough living space, how friendly the neighbours are and whether they worry about the value of their property.

Despite house prices in Luton jumping by 8.6% in the last year residents in the town are said to worry most about the value of their homes.

Luton is the only location outside of London to feature in the top ten unhappiest places, with Barking and Dagenham taking the unenviable top spot.

Harrogate was named as the happiest place in Britain for a third year in a row, while Hemel Hempstead and Watford came eight and ninth respectively.

In 2004 Luton was named ‘Britain’s crappiest town’ by an online poll of 20,000 people.

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