Scarborough is one of the happiest places to live in UK

Lorna and Ben Savage on Scarborough's South bay
Lorna and Ben Savage on Scarborough's South bay

Scarborough has scored highly on a new survey of where the happiest places are to live in the country.

The Office for National Statistics asked respondents to rate how satisfied they are with their lives from 1 to 10, with most districts of Britain ending up with an average rating somewhere between 7 and 8.

Scarborough scored 7.6, with house prices at 5.2 times the average income.

The research found the average price for a two-bedroom terraced house in the town to be £129,000.

Cumbria, Staffordshire and Teeside top a list of the places which offer residents a good quality of life at a reasonable price.

By contrast, six of the nine places with the worst combination of house prices and life satisfaction are located in Greater London.

Researchers found that the key to a blissful and cheap life seems to be living in a beautiful and sparsely populated part of the country, where the natural landscape makes up for a lack of amenities.

The happiest place in the country was found to be Allerdale, Cumbria, with house prices at 3.4 times income and a satisfaction rating of 7.8.

The worst was Haringey, London, with house prices at 12.2 times income and a satisfaction rating of 7.2.