According to a 2007 survey, Bournemouth was found to be the happiest place to live in the UK. The coastal town has been standing on the south coast of England in Dorset since 1810 and is thought to be one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the country. It's not hard to see why as besides London, it is the most popular places for language students to visit or live and work.
While it is a coastal town and has its fair share of cooler winters, its summers are fairly humid and hot because it is so close to mainland Europe and it has a higher number of sunny days on average than other days. As the town has a population of just 200,000 people, it never feels very crowded.
If you are interested in water sports or harbour-based work then Poole the neighbouring town has one of the biggest harbours in England and with the New Forest on its doorstep, Bournemouth never feels too far away from the great outdoors.
The service industry accounts is where most employed people in the town work, a number which was as high as 95% in 2010. There is also very strong tourism, retail and financial sectors in the area so if those are areas you have experience in.
Bournemouth is great for anyone who wants the same opportunities offered by a more hectic and larger city, but with a quieter atmosphere.
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