Richmondshire residents ‘happiest’ in country, study finds

Richmondshire is the happiest place in the country to live, according to a study by the Office for National Statistics(ONS).

The district had the highest score – 8.3 out of ten – in the UK.

The results showed an increase in happiness on previous years in the district, bucking a national trend of a decline in happiness.

Richmondshire residents were also among the most satisfied — 8.2 out of 10 — and gave among the highest scores when asked if they felt their lives were worthwhile — 8.1.

Since 2011, ONS have asked personal well-being questions to adults aged 16 years and over in the UK to better understand how they feel about their lives. The four personal well-being questions are:

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  • Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

People are asked to respond on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”.

ONS produces estimates of the mean ratings for all four personal well-being questions, as well as their distributions.

The latest study was carried out in March 2020.

ONS says the figures are intended for local authorities to compare over time and with other local authorities of a similar population size and structure that face similar challenges, rather than to rank local authorities against each other.

This table shows the results nationally:


1 Comment

  1. Looking at the data map they seem to
    have strange boundaries and the questions even odder. I think they should have also ascertained how long people had lived in their respective areas and perhaps gauge if things had got better or worse. Local Authorities could then work on the findings, good or bad! Not sure what this snapshot in time proves, and is ONS a quango?

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