A new study carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the five most anxious places to live in the UK.
Participants were asked ‘overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?’ The results were measured on a scale of 0 (not anxious at all) to 10 (completely anxious) and an average was worked out to get an overall figure for residents in different parts of the country.
The results revealed that those living in Pendle in Lancashire are the most anxious. This was closely followed by Greenwich, Lisburn and Castlereagh, Hertsmere and the Forest of Dean. When it comes to overall happiness, worthiness and life satisfaction, Bolsover in Derbyshire scored the lowest.
The good news is however that generally, people appear to be happier than they were a couple of years ago. The Director of Wellbeing at the ONS, Glenn Everett commented:
“We often talk of how the county is doing, usually in economic terms. Today’s figures address how people are feeling about their lives. Overall, people are generally rating their lives higher than they did four years ago. But what is interesting is that they show a slight growth in inequality between people rating their lives highly and those reporting low levels of personal wellbeing. In other words, a growing inequality that policy makers need to consider.”
The same study found that people living in Fermanagh and Omagh in Northern Ireland are the happiest and Eilean Siar in the Outer Hebrides also featured in the top five as well as coming out on top for being the best place to live for life satisfaction.
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