Leigh-on-Sea named happiest place to live - again

Published Thursday, 29th November 2018


Leigh-on-Sea has been crowned the happiest place to live in Great Britain for the second time.

Rightmove surveyed more than 21,000 people, across 219 areas of Britain to find out how satisfied they are with factors including, feeling safe, community spirit, earning enough money to live comfortably, proximity to green spaces and amenities, friendliness and artistic and cultural activities.

Leigh-on-Sea came out on top after scoring highly for community spirit, the opportunity to develop skills, and restaurants and shops. It is the second time the town has been awarded the accolade after it was named happiest place to live in 2016.

Cllr John Lamb, leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “I’m thrilled Leigh-on-Sea has regained its top spot as the happiest place in Britain but I can’t say I’m surprised.

“We’ve got independent retailers, traditional pubs, fashionable bars and delicious restaurants. There’s a real community spirit with numerous cultural and community events throughout the year which bring everyone together, such as the Regatta, Folk Festival and Leigh Art Trail.

“Plus there’s the rich fishing history and beauty of Old Leigh, with the boats returning daily with freshly caught fish which are then sold from the fishmongers and cockle sheds. And we have great transport links across the borough, into the city, good schools and wonderful parks and gardens that improve the quality of life for people in the area. And of course there is the small but perfectly formed beach.

“There is something for everyone and that bodes well for a happy, satisfied community.”