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Wales residents most happy with their surroundings, survey finds

Published 25/11/2016

Research looked at how happy people were with the location of their home
Research looked at how happy people were with the location of their home

People in Wales are the most likely to feel happy with where they live, according to a UK-wide study.

More than nine in 10 (93.4%) of people living in Wales said yes when asked if they were happy where they were living, compared with 89.1% of the population generally.

Yorkshire residents and those in the South West of England were also particularly likely to be satisfied with where they live, the research from Co-op Insurance found.

People in Northern Ireland were the least likely to report being happy with where they lived, with 82.1% people there saying they were happy.

The research also suggested that the price of a home may have more of an influence on home buyers' decisions than the location.

Seven in 10 (70%) people said the price of a home was a main influence on whether or not they bought it, while 65% said a home's location was key, the survey of more than 2,000 people found.

Nearly half (48%) of people surveyed said the size of the garden was a major factor when buying a house, while a third (33%) said access to transport links was vital, a quarter (25%) wanted storage space and 24% wanted to be near a good school.

Some 23% of people surveyed would want a home that was ready to move into, with no renovations needed, while one in 10 (10%) would like a property with investment potential.

Two-thirds (67%) of people surveyed said a good sense of community spirit is the key to being happy with where you live. And nearly one in five (19%) had considered how nice the neighbours seemed before putting in an offer on a property.

Here are the percentages of people who said they were happy with where they were living, according to Co-op Insurance:

:: East Midlands 87.5%

:: East Anglia 83.2%

:: London, 88.7%

:: North East, 86.7%

:: North West, 86.1%

:: Northern Ireland, 82.1%

:: Scotland, 88.7%

:: South East, 91.2%

:: South West, 92.8%

:: Wales, 93.4%

:: West Midlands, 91.6%

:: Yorkshire and the Humber, 92.8%

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