According to David Cameron’s first ‘Happiness Index’ of places to live in the UK back in 2012, Cornwall is one of the best places to live in the country, coming sixth in the UK and second in England.
And few would disagree. The county is famous for its beautiful scenery, rolling hillsides, amazing coastline and mild climate.
Many people have holidayed in the county and returned home with a burning desire to relocate and live there full-time. It has become a popular destination for expats to make a new life for themselves, particularly those wanting to escape the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. And it’s no wonder. With over 300 miles of stunning coastline and landscape, there are a wealth of leisure activities to get involved with, including cycling, walking, sailing and surfing.
The beaches are amongst the best in the UK, with soft golden sand and clear blue waters. Cornwall also offers a fantastic range of cultural opportunities ranging from the famous Eden Project to the Tate St Ives. The education system in the county is another reason families in particular are drawn to the area. Primary schools consistently perform above the national average in the league tables, and all of the comprehensive schools have received ‘specialist’ status in one or more subjects. It has become the fastest-growing higher-education study destination in England. Crimes rates are also amongst the lowest in the country.
Cornwall is attractive to many due to the slower pace of life. Less traffic on the roads, less stress, relaxed shopping and quieter towns and villages are tempting attributes. There is also a great sense of community amongst Cornish people and those who live there. Fiercely proud of their heritage and culture, they have a special bond with the land.
Cornwall boasts an abundance of unspoilt, enchanting towns and villages. In 2013, Truro came tenth on the list compiled by Rightmove of the Happiest Places to Live. Truro has become a stylish and cosmopolitan city in recent years. It has a bustling and upbeat vibe with an enviable range of bars, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. It is home to many festivals, including the very popular Cornwall Food and Drink Festival, and it has become somewhat of a gourmet destination for many. You will have no problem finding the perfect restaurant and bar in Truro, such as The Alverton.
The Sunday Times has said that Falmouth is the fourth best place to live in the UK. The town is well known for its creative and contemporary atmosphere. It has a host of exciting art galleries, exhibitions and venues showcasing independent films and live artists. It also has a packed events calendar that keeps locals and tourists alike entertained throughout the year. As with most Cornish towns and cities, Falmouth combines beautiful scenery and mouth-watering cuisine, so finding a restaurant and views in Falmouth is easy.
People who move to Cornwall say they feel a greater sense of freedom as it is such a liberating place to live. It’s hardly surprising it has become one of the top destinations in the UK for relocation.
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Date: 22 Jul-2014
Impression & Feelings: Did you know Cornwall (or Kernow, as it's often referred to around these parts) was recently voted by people from all over Britain, the UK's best holiday destination at the British Travel Awards? Get to know the South West of England with its gorgeous beaches, fascinating heritage, and more! Cornwall is the jewel in the crown of the British tourist industry!