by Edward Brassey
Things are looking up – market towns are now the happiest places to live in the UK, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.
Apart from the lifestyle, easy access to facilities and often beautiful period properties, residents might have an extra spring in their step knowing that market town properties tend to keep their value, with buyers prepared to spend six per cent above the national average.
The ONS highlights that residents are reportedly most satisfied with life in market towns, citing high levels of personal well-being and low levels of anxiety.
Market towns typically have a great sense of community spirit and are full of independent shops and cafés, young families as well as older residents that add a unique inclusive quality rarely found elsewhere.
Thriving from the original markets, local high streets tend to flourish, local produce is rife and the heart of the town is always bustling.
Towns like Market Harborough – smaller than cities but bigger than villages – offer a great balance with rural living and all the amenities added.
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