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Brighton is the happiest place to live in the UK, according to a survey.

13th January 2012

A poll found almost 94% of people living in East Sussex seaside have a happy home.

Belfast came bottom of the list, with 70% of people living there saying they were happy.

Cardiff was the happiest place in Wales, while Edinburgh was the top place in Scotland with a happiness rating of just over 91%.

The study, commissioned by O2, claimed there are seven key factors to having a happy home.

These included living in Brighton, being aged 45 or over, being married, having two or more children, earning between £25,000 and £34,000 a year and having friendly neighbours.

Charlotte Barrow, from, said: "We're not surprised to hear that Brighton has the happiest homes.

"We have all the benefits of living in a city - such as the culture, shopping, restaurants and nightlife - with the added bonus of being by the sea which keeps us relaxed and calm.

"Also, as Brighton is a compact place, people generally walk around.

"This means they get to know their neighbours, adding to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the city."

Ben Renshaw, director of the Happiness Project, said he devised the formula which unravels the mystery of what makes a joyful home.

He said: "With 90% of people stating that their home environment has a positive impact on their happiness levels, it is clear just how important it is to maintain a happy home.

"Whether it's trying to argue less with those we live with, giving our homes a good spring clean every now and then or making sure we have a spare bag of sugar for a neighbour in need, it can bring us one step closer to feeling better about the place we live."

The UK's 'happiest' places:

1. Brighton - 93.8%
2. Leeds - 91.9%
3. Edinburgh - 91.3%
4. Cardiff - 90.2%
5. Plymouth - 88%
6. Birmingham - 87.2%
7. Liverpool - 87.1%
8. Sheffield - 86.1%
9. London - 84%
10. Southampton - 83.8%
11. Manchester - 83%
12. Bristol - 81.7%
13. Glasgow - 76.7%
14. Nottingham - 75.4%
15. Newcastle - 75%
16. Coventry - 75%
17. Belfast - 70.6%

 Source:  Sky News 13/1/12