COLCHESTER has been named as one of the happiest places to live in Britain.

More than 22,000 people responded to Rightmove’s happy at home index survey.

The list saw Colchester come in at 49th and fourth in the East of England table. Hexham, in Northumberland, was crowned the happiest place in the country.

People who responded to the survey were asked questions such as the extent to which they feel a sense of community spirit, feel safe, earn enough to live comfortably and whether locals are friendly.

They were also asked about amenities such as sports facilities, arts and culture, shops, restaurants, doctors’ surgeries, schools and green spaces.

Rightmove said the South West of England was found to be the happiest region, followed by the South East and the East of England.

Rightmove’s insights expert Lydia Yao said: “This just goes to show that people place enormous value on living somewhere that they’re proud to call home.

“Our results also show that having friendly neighbours and being able to be yourself remain hugely important factors when measuring the happiest places to live in Great Britain.”

Leigh, near Southend, came top in last year’s survey and finished in 37th place this year.