City centre locations are particularly in demand for renters says Zoopla Credit: Marketing Manchester

Happiest places to live in Greater Manchester – nine boroughs ranked, with one notable absence

Rightmove has been crunching the numbers to find out how residents feel about the places where they live - here’s what they have found for the city-region.

Greater Manchester has it all – a vibrant city centre, sprawling countryside, thriving suburban towns, rich local history and exciting plans for the future. There’s a corner of the region to suit everyone, no matter your taste or lifestyle.

We would argue that anyone can find happiness here. Rightmove, however, says that some places are happier than others.

Now in its eleventh year, the website’s Happy at Home study asks participants about their home towns and how they feel about them to determine the happiest places to live in the country. Some of the most important factors when it comes to happiness are sense of belonging, community and friendly people, according to answers from the 21,000 respondents.

St Ives in Cornwall tops the leaderboard nationally, followed by Galashiels in the Scottish Borders and Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Nine of Greater Manchester’s boroughs are represented this year, ranking within the top 25 on the North West list and top 200 nationally. But there is one notable absence, and people from Tameside may want to look away now.

Here are the towns that made the cut in Greater Manchester.

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