It’s a tale of two cities in Brighton and Hove when it comes to having a smile on your face.
When asked in a health survey last year, 83% of people in the Rottingdean Coast ward area said they were happy.
This was significantly higher than the 72% average for the city as a whole and the national average of 71%.
However, at the other end of the scale, just 63% in Brunswick and Adelaide were in a cheerful frame of mind.
So why is it that people in Rottingdean are happier?
Julia-Ann Kelleher, 74, has lived in Rottingdean since 2006 and has recently started volunteering at the Grange Museum and Art Gallery on High Street, Rottingdean.
She said: “Rottingdean is lovely and relaxed, very easy going. A lot of people here are retired.
“It is near to Brighton so we can go there easily or we can come back from the hub and bub as it’s quieter here – it’s a very good location to be in.
“It is one of the nicest villages to live in along the south coast.
“There is a huge sense of community here, particularly from the church.
Everywhere is so well-kept and the pavements are red brick – people are very proud to live here.
“We get lots of visitors come to the coffee shop or to the art gallery and the history, particularly Rudyard Kipling, is a great pull for visitors.”
Karl Baker, 40, works as the assistant manager at the Plough Inn and said the village had a real community feel to it.
He added: “You walk along the street and people say good morning to you and people look out for each other here.
“I think it’s a great place for young families as you’ve got the beach and the South Downs on your doorstep.
“There is just such a relaxed way of life – it really is a lovely place to live.”
Please read the full article here – The great happiness divide across Brighton and Hove – It has some great information in it.
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