Being located in the heart of ‘God’s County’, this happy bit of recognition shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, not to a town which can boast The Stray, Bettys and Valley Gardens among its crown jewels.
Even the man behind the Grand Depart triumph at last year’s Tour de France, Sir Gary Verity, is impressed.
Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Sir Gary said for Harrogate to head the list for the third year running was fantastic:
“Harrogate is such a very special place – the great people who live there, the heritage and the history alongside contemporary events too like the Harrogate International Festival and the Great Yorkshire Show. It is such an amazing place.”
Rightmove’s Happy At Home Index asked residents to rank a number of factors in their home and community.
Harrogate was rated high in terms of general upkeep of the town, safety and being proud of where people lived.
No surprise, really.
“It just shows why visitors rate us so highly. According to Visit England, the number of visitors who think we are friendly and welcoming greatly exceeds the national average.”
The 12 factors which went towards the final results ranged from contentment and pride to value and neighbourliness.
Harrogate proved strong in most categories, edging out Chester, Ipswich, Shrewsbury and York in the top five positions.
Two key points in creating Harrogate’s success were recreation and amenities, two areas in which Harrogate Borough Council can claim to be national leaders.
“It is also a great commercial centre with a vibrant heart and welcomes visitors from all over the world. Harrogate is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Yorkshire at its best is on our doorstep.”
(…)He said: “Harrogate is a fantastic part of the world to live in. Residents benefit from a great quality of life with low unemployment, low crime, excellent local services, on-going investment, highly regarded schooling and great community spirit.
“People are proud of their homes here and their town.”
(…)Who do you think is the happiest person in Harrogate? Someone well known, or someone in your family?
Sir Gary Verity has given his vote of happiest Harrogate person to a former mayor, and now chief executive of Visit Harrogate, Mike Newby.