Taunton voted the happiest place to live in the South West

Somerset County Gazette: Taunton voted the happiest place to live in the South West Taunton voted the happiest place to live in the South West

TAUNTON has been voted the happiest place to live in the South West according to the Rightmove Happy at Home Index.

The town ranks third overall in Great Britain out of 111 places, with the index painting a picture of it as a place where people look after their homes and have time for their neighbours. 

Nearly 50,000 people across the country were asked to rate their area on 12 distinct factors, which were combined to describe the 'overall' happiness of each place. 

The overall winner for the country was Harrogate followed by Inverness.

The worst ranked places to live were East London, Iford and Croydon. 

Taunton scored particularly well in decor, coming number one regionally and second nationally. 

Somerset's county town was also regionally ranked number one for space, investment, wellbeing, pride, recreation and neighbourliness.

The County Gazette asked five people around Taunton what they thought. 

Sally Masten said: I don’t think it is the happiest place to live but I think that it is to do with the current situation and it isn’t just Taunton – everywhere is facing the same difficulties.

Sharon Smith added: “I work in Taunton and all my customers are always happy.

"I think it’s a nice town, there is a nice environment and a good mix of shops.”

Matthew Chubb said: “I have lived in Taunton since 1958 and I love it.

"It’s a very nice place, the people are lovely and it’s near my birth place of Exmoor.”

Alison Blagdon added: “I have lived here all my life and it is a happy place.

"It is so near to everything from the coast to the hills and it only takes a few minutes to get anywhere but I do think the town is going down slightly.”

Ken Ostler said: “It’s nice but I think it’s going downhill.

"There are too many homes and too many people now.

"I used to be able to walk along the streets and see people I know but that’s not the case anymore.”

Do you agree or disagree?

What do you think makes Taunton such a great place to live in?

Leave us your comments below. 

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8:05am Wed 21 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Didn't ask anyone who needs to use a car in Taunton by the looks of it.
Didn't ask anyone who needs to use a car in Taunton by the looks of it. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -15

12:10pm Wed 21 May 14

Guy Smiley says...

Clearly didn't ask any of the miserable sods that post on here then.
Clearly didn't ask any of the miserable sods that post on here then. Guy Smiley
  • Score: 66

1:44pm Wed 21 May 14

tillboy says...

i moved from manchester to live here in 2001. i love it here its changed my life i dont drink or smoke any more cause of the move. its great i get on with my neighbours and we look out for each other.and help each other.i so happy here.
i moved from manchester to live here in 2001. i love it here its changed my life i dont drink or smoke any more cause of the move. its great i get on with my neighbours and we look out for each other.and help each other.i so happy here. tillboy
  • Score: 29

10:31pm Wed 21 May 14

Buildbetterroadsnothouses says...

Town planning is up the spout, businesses are moving away and no one is moving in to fill the void. Firepool? Peacocks? East Gate?
I wonder whether the survey focused on home-owners and residential neighbourhoods as it was a rightmove survey? Therefore more about the people than the town.
Town planning is up the spout, businesses are moving away and no one is moving in to fill the void. Firepool? Peacocks? East Gate? I wonder whether the survey focused on home-owners and residential neighbourhoods as it was a rightmove survey? Therefore more about the people than the town. Buildbetterroadsnothouses
  • Score: -17

10:54pm Wed 21 May 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

I own a business in town and almost all my customers are happy and pleasant to deal with. I moved here 14 years ago and love it. Of course the current huge amount of housing and rubbish road network is fairly crap but it is like that in many towns, we aren't alone. I am not considering those factors when i say i am happy and grateful to live here.
I own a business in town and almost all my customers are happy and pleasant to deal with. I moved here 14 years ago and love it. Of course the current huge amount of housing and rubbish road network is fairly crap but it is like that in many towns, we aren't alone. I am not considering those factors when i say i am happy and grateful to live here. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 44

8:23pm Thu 22 May 14

Jamesey says...

Guy Smiley wrote:
Clearly didn't ask any of the miserable sods that post on here then.
Some people are so miserable and sullen that they aren't happy unless they're moaning. So, paradoxically, maybe they're actually happy too!
[quote][p][bold]Guy Smiley[/bold] wrote: Clearly didn't ask any of the miserable sods that post on here then.[/p][/quote]Some people are so miserable and sullen that they aren't happy unless they're moaning. So, paradoxically, maybe they're actually happy too! Jamesey
  • Score: 26

5:18pm Fri 23 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

My My someone has been busy manipulating the feedback once again, could it be our local socialist or another useless irk?
My My someone has been busy manipulating the feedback once again, could it be our local socialist or another useless irk? FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -16

5:26pm Sat 24 May 14

heather147 says...

I cannot believe Taunton is the happiest place to live in the South West. With all the problems with the waterworks and gridlocking of traffic, road works and building sites everywhere. What has it got going for it? No cinema (unless you want to go all the way to Junction 25 on the motorway), no theatre to speak of. Must be okay to be a hairdresser, estate agent, betting shop owner or charity shop though, there are plenty of those about. Maybe only these people were asked. You have to go a long way away for a decent night out and this works out expensive. I always say it is a long way from civilisation here as I have lived over 30 years in Manchester where everything was on my doorstep.
I cannot believe Taunton is the happiest place to live in the South West. With all the problems with the waterworks and gridlocking of traffic, road works and building sites everywhere. What has it got going for it? No cinema (unless you want to go all the way to Junction 25 on the motorway), no theatre to speak of. Must be okay to be a hairdresser, estate agent, betting shop owner or charity shop though, there are plenty of those about. Maybe only these people were asked. You have to go a long way away for a decent night out and this works out expensive. I always say it is a long way from civilisation here as I have lived over 30 years in Manchester where everything was on my doorstep. heather147
  • Score: -14

10:47am Mon 26 May 14

hammer12 says...

@heather147, what's wrong with the cinema out of town centre? I would prefer to have the cinema there next to Hollywood bowl
And McDonald's makes it good for kids plus it's next to the river tone so you can go for long walks. We are lucky in Taunton as we are surrounded by natural beauty with the quantocks and ex moot etc, the roads are very annoying but it won't last forever! Maybe you should move back to Manchester if everywhere is too far to walk for you! So what if there are too many charity shops, bookies is rather that than empty shops! No theatre?? What about the brew house and the tacchi Morris centre? You need to open your eyes and stop moaning about Taunton! We are very lucky if you get off your backside and explore out surroundings
@heather147, what's wrong with the cinema out of town centre? I would prefer to have the cinema there next to Hollywood bowl And McDonald's makes it good for kids plus it's next to the river tone so you can go for long walks. We are lucky in Taunton as we are surrounded by natural beauty with the quantocks and ex moot etc, the roads are very annoying but it won't last forever! Maybe you should move back to Manchester if everywhere is too far to walk for you! So what if there are too many charity shops, bookies is rather that than empty shops! No theatre?? What about the brew house and the tacchi Morris centre? You need to open your eyes and stop moaning about Taunton! We are very lucky if you get off your backside and explore out surroundings hammer12
  • Score: 7

12:16pm Tue 27 May 14

TauntonSucks says...

Ignorance is bliss.
Ignorance is bliss. TauntonSucks
  • Score: 0

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