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Stoke area is UK's 'friendliest'
People in north Staffordshire and south Cheshire have the strongest sense of belonging in a community, according to new research.
Anyone who knows Stoke on Trent knows that there's something special about the place - especially when it comes to having a sense of community.
Well, now it's official! Research done by the University of Sheffield has found out that if you live in Stoke on Trent, you're more likely to feel a 'sense of belonging' than anywhere else in the UK.
The Changing UK report, commissioned by the BBC, looked at how communities have changed over 40 years.
It found that BBC Radio Stoke area - north Staffordshire and south Cheshire - was the least fragmented area in the country.
Staffordshire's wonderful countryside
So, what makes this place so special? Why do people stay here? Are Stoke folk the friendliest? Take a look at the following video report from BBC Midlands Today:
And the warmth of Stoke is contagious! BBC Staffordshire reporter Joel Moors spoke to someone from America who thinks that our city is unique. Here's what Roy Hudson, from Chicago, feels about Stoke...
Also, BBC Radio Stoke's Paula White spoke to Dr Dan Vickers, one of the authors of the report, and asked him what the report found out about the UK overall...
last updated: 09/01/2009 at 11:21
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So, what makes our local area so close knit? Is it really the friendliest place in the UK? Let us know what you think...