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Happiness, the greatest gift few in Newham possess

PUBLISHED: 11:46 07 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 07 August 2015

Newham has been ranked the fifth least happy place in Great Britain. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

Newham has been ranked the fifth least happy place in Great Britain. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

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Newham is not the most miserable place to live in Greater London, a recent happiness index report has revealed.

But don’t get your hopes up, the borough still sits in the top five.

Not that you would, given happiness is a commodity few in the borough seem to possess according to the annual Happy at Home Index by property firm Rightmove that placed it fifth from bottom in a list of the happiest homes in Great Britain.

The results were based on people’s responses to 12 measures, ranging from neighbourliness and how much there is to do in the area, to how happy people are with their home’s décor, value, and costs to run it.

These are split into three categories – property, home and community – with responses averaged to provide both a category score and an overall score that forms the happiness index.

Newham also clung to its fifth worst spot in the rankings for all 33 London boroughs, with Harrow, Brent, Hounslow and Barking and Dagenham falling behind.

Barking and Dagenham was also rated the worst overall out of the 130 locations listed while Harrogate topped the table for the third year running.

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