CIRENCESTER has been named as one of the happiest places to live in the UK.

The Cotswold town has been placed in the top 20 in the new report by property website Rightmove.

Northumbrian market town Hexham topped the list nationally.

More than 22,000 people across Great Britain took part in Rightmove’s Happy at Home survey, which asks residents how happy they are where they live, as well as asking them to rank 12 happiness factors.

The 12 factors range from how safe residents feel and how friendly the neighbours are, to how good the local services are, the level of community spirit and the quality of cultural activities in the area.