Four Greater Manchester areas named in top 20 happiest places to live in the North West for 2024

It's all according to Rightmove's annual 'Happy at Home Index' survey.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 13th December 2023

Four Greater Manchester areas have been named among the top 20 happiest places to live in the North West for 2024.

It’s all according to Rightmove’s annual ‘Happy at Home Index’ – which is now in its twelfth year.

In a bid to help property experts understand what really makes the residents of some areas happier than others, every year, leading property platform Rightmove asks people all across the UK to say what makes them happy about where they live and what makes it so special, as well as what things make a place feel like home. 

The annual survey asks residents how they feel about their area based on 13 happiness factors – including things like the community spirit of a local area, having green space on the doorstep, or the sense of belonging in a local area.

More than 26,000 people living in towns, cities, and villages across the UK had their say this year, and based on the scores they gave their local areas, Rightmove has ranked the happiest places to live.   


A list of the top 25 areas within each geographical region of the UK have been released by Rightmove this month – with four Greater Manchester areas making the North West’s ranking – as well as list of the top 10 happiest places in the UK all together.

The Trafford town of Altrincham has been named the second happiest place to live in the North West, according to the ranking for 2024, while the towns and cities of Bury, Stockport, Salford, and Manchester all make the top 20 at sixth, ninth, sixteenth, and twentieth place, respectively.


When looking at the bigger picture, the number one happiest place to live in the UK has been named as the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, with the city of Winchester in Hampshire taking second place, and Monmouth in Wales claiming the third spot.

Top 10 Happiest Places to Live in the UK

  1. Richmond upon Thames
  2. Winchesteter
  3. Monmouth
  4. Wokingham
  5. Cirencester
  6. Skipton
  7. Hemel Hempstead
  8. Kensington and Chelsea
  9. St Ives
  10. Hexham

Rightmove says the results of this year’s study showed that the most important contributors to happiness were feeling a sense of pride, belonging, and community within an area.

Access to green space and nature was also identified as being important to residents, with those living in a rural area near a national park, or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, more likely to feel happy where they live.


2023 was also the first time Rightmove asked people whether they thought they might be happier if they moved to to somewhere else in the UK, and around one in three (30%) of residents who responded to the survey said they would be happier living in a different area.

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And over half of those would consider moving to an entirely different region of the UK.

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