Happiest UK cities to live and work in

Revealed: The happiest UK cities to live and work in… and does your home town make the top 10?

  • Brighton and Swansea topped the list of the happiest cities to live and work in
  • London came in at ninth place at 61 per cent ahead of Manchester at 60 per cent 
  • Bristol and Nottingham recorded the lowest percentages with 44 and 40

Brighton and Swansea have topped the list of the UK’s happiest cities to live and work in.

The data from a study by the independent job board CV-Library revealed 86.4 per cent of professionals living and working in the seaside city felt happy on a daily basis.  

The research on 2,000 people by psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall found the top happiest cities were Swansea, Glasgow, York and Lincoln. 

On the other hand, the cities that recorded happiness percentages below the national average of 58.7 per cent were Cambridge (47.5 per cent), Liverpool (47.1 per cent), Cardiff (44.8 per cent), Bristol (44.4) and Nottingham (40 per cent). 

Independent job board CV-Library have revealed the top ten cities where professionals felt happy on a daily basis. At number one is the seaside city of Brighton, followed by the Welsh city of Swansea

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: ‘No-one can be happy all the time, but being able to make the most of the good times and cope effectively when life does get tough is crucial. 

‘If you are struggling, it’s important to not only seek professional help or talk to your loved ones, but also to really consider what’s making you unhappy. 

‘Make a list and try to think of solutions: maybe it’s time to find a new job, start a new hobby, or even take some time out to think about your goals,’ he added.

The UK’s happiest cities to live and work in: 

Brighton – 86.4% 

The seaside city in the south topped the list of the UK’s happiest cities to live and work in. 

According to data 74.3 percent of professionals living in Brighton said they have a good work-life balance.

The coastal port offers residents plenty of fun activities outside of work including the amusement arcade on the iconic pier, golf courses, British Airways i360 observation tower and of course Brighton beach.  

The seaside city of Brighton (pictured) topped the list of the UK’s happiest cities to live and work in at 86.4 per cent 

Swansea – 75% 

Professionals living and working in Wales’ second largest city recorded the second highest percentage of daily happiness. 

The study found 70 per cent of professionals in the city felt confident about finding a new job. 

The port city has also proven to be a popular city to live in with average house prices at £184,357 in July 2019, according to Zoopla, more than £42, 000 less than the national average at £228,147.  

Professionals in Swansea (pictured) recorded the second highest percentage of daily happiness at 75 per cent

Glasgow – 70.6%

The Scottish city took out the third spot as the happiest cities in the UK to live and work in.

Data reveals 73.5 per cent of Glaswegians were satisfied with their job, while 77.8 per cent said they had a good work-life balance.

Professionals can enjoy a night out at one of the cities many bars and pubs, including the original longest bar in Europe – The Horseshoe Bar – or a movie at the world’s tallest cinema – Cineworld Glasgow. 

The study found 70.6 per cent of Glaswegians were happy on a daily basis, living and working in the Scottish city. The data also revealed 73.5 per cent of professionals were satisfied with their job (Glasgow pictured)

York – 66.7% 

The historic city of York recorded one of the highest percentages of daily happiness among professionals.

The study revealed that 71.4 per cent of workers in the city enjoy their job. 

Some of York’s biggest employers include British Telecom, Nestlé Rowntree and the University of York, according to the City of York Council.

York has also become a popular city to live in with the average house price at £298,893 according to Zoopla, more than £70,000 over the national average.  

The study found 66.7 per cent of professionals in York (pictured) were happy living and working in the historic city

Lincoln – 63.2%

Lincoln rounds out the top five of the happiest cities in the UK to live and work in. 

The data found that 61.5 per cent of professionals in the east midlands city enjoy their job.

Meanwhile 83.3 per cent of professionals said they have good work-life balance.

The city offers plenty of historical sites, museums and galleries, as well as golf clubs, parks, cycling routes and the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Around 61.5 per cent of professionals in the east midlands city of Lincoln (pictured) enjoy their job while 83.3 per cent of professionals said they have good work-life balance

Belfast – 62.5%

Professionals living in the historic city of Belfast recorded 62.5 per cent of daily happiness according CV-Library’s data.

It found that 66.7 per cent based in the city said they enjoyed their current job, while 57.1 per cent said they have a good work-life balance.  

The city’s most profitable employers are electricity company SSE Ren.Onshore, N.I.Water and Danske Bank according to The Belfast Telegraph.  

Daily happiness study found 62.5 per cent of professionals in Belfast (pictured) enjoyed living and working in the city while 57.1 per cent said they have a good work-life balance

Edinburgh – 62.5% 

The Scottish capital also measured the same percentage of daily happiness as those living and working in Belfast.

Edinburgh has a higher than average salary at £36,521, almost £2,000 more than the national average of £34,943.

The average house prices in the cosmopolitan city is also high at £295,021, more than £66,000 over the national average. 

Despite high house prices, almost 60 per cent of professionals said they enjoy their job while, 51.9 per cent said they have a good-work life balance. 

Edinburgh (pictured) also measured the same percentage of daily happiness as those living and working in Belfast, while almost 60 per cent of professionals said they enjoy their job while, 51.9 per cent said they have a good-work life balance

Birmingham – 61.3% 

Professionals living in Birmingham ranked seventh in the study on daily happiness.

The research found 53.9 per cent of professionals do not struggle to makes ends meet each month. 

It also found that 53.7 per cent have a good work-life balance, while 60 per cent say they enjoy their job. 

Professionals living in Birmingham (pictured) ranked seventh in the study on daily happiness at 61.3 per cent

London – 61%

The capital offers the highest average salaries at £44,075 a year, compared to the national average of £34,943.

Over 66 per cent of professionals living and working in London say they enjoy their job while 63.8 per cent say they have a good-work balance.

London offers professionals plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs, but for those looking for relaxing activities the city has a multitude of parks, green spaces, art galleries and museums.

The study found professionals in London (pictured) recieve the highest average salaries at £44,075 a year, compared to the national average of £34,943 according to the study

Manchester – 60%

Rounding out the top ten happiest city to live and work in the UK is Manchester.

The study found 58.1 per cent of professionals in the north-west city say they enjoy their job.

Meanwhile 54.9 per cent say they have a good work-life balance. 

Rounding out the top ten happiest city to live and work in the UK is Manchester (pictured) at 60 per cent. Meanwhile 54.9 per cent say they have a good work-life balance

UK’s happiest cities to live and work in: 

1. Brighton – 86.4%

2. Swansea – 75%

3. Glasgow – 70.6%

4. York – 66.7%

5. Lincoln – 63.2%

6. Belfast – 62.5%

7. Edinburgh – 62.5%

8. Birmingham – 61.3%

9. London – 61%

10. Manchester – 60%

UK’s unhappiest cities to live and work in: 

1. Sheffield – 57.7%

2. Bournemouth – 57.1%

3. Oxford – 55.6% 

4. Newcastle – 53.5%

5. Southampton – 51.4%

6. Cambridge – 47.5%

7. Liverpool – 47.1%

8. Cardiff – 44.8%

9. Bristol – 44.4% 

10. Nottingham – 40%

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