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SUN ONLINE, JANUARY 7, 2019
COVERAGE FOR YOPAv

GRASS IS GREENER: City-dwelling Brits say they would feel happier and less stressed by swapping urban life for a home in the country

  • Rural residents were found to be happier with their neighbourhoods than those living in cities

Moving to the countryside will make you ‘happier and less stressed’.

A nationwide study of British city-dwellers and rural residents has revealed that more than three in ten of those in the country consider themselves “mostly happy” – compared to less than a quarter of those in towns.

The report claims as many as one in five who live in a city admit to being constantly stressed, compared with just ten per cent of those who live in the countryside.

Rural residents were found to be happier with their neighbourhoods than those living in cities. The study revealed that over a quarter of city dwellers worried about crime compared to just under a fifth of country residents.

The study also found more than one in five of those in cities expressed anxiety about their children having safe places to play, compared to 17 per cent of rural dwellers.

Those living in cities were also more worried about the quality of schools, and twice as likely to worry about air quality.

The study by Yopa, who has launched its 2019 Commuter Guide, revealed that despite country dwellers being generally happier – there are downsides relating to living in the sticks.

Problems included a lack of decent public transport and up to 40 per cent of countryside residents said they often feel lonely and cut-off.

Benefits of living in a city included great public transport, a vibrant nightlife and a wide choice of work and career options.

As many as three quarters of people living in cities said they would jump at the chance of moving to the countryside.

The main obstacles holding Brits back from making the swap include the cost of commuting back into town, while 28 percent said they would struggle to know where to move to.

But according to the data, a fifth of people living in cities worry about the cost of housing and being able to afford a property that is big enough for their family.

They are also more likely to be anxious about being scammed and identity theft than those who live in outside the city.

Those living in the country spend less time commuting, a smaller percentage of their income on housing, and are more likely to know the names of their neighbours than city dwellers.

Ben Poynter, CEO of Yopa said: “People often ask themselves whether they should live close to work or move out of town for more space and a better quality of life. But, with so many factors to consider, people often give up before they even start.

“Help is at hand, Yopa, working with its local agents, have launched The London Commuter Guide 2019 which helps homeowners easily compare different areas by the metrics that are important to them.”