Revealed: The happiest districts to live in Devon
PUBLISHED: 13:13 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:09 07 October 2016
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North Devon, Torridge and East Devon all rank highly in national survey on happiness - use our interactive map to find out how happy your district is.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have divulged the parts of Devon which are the happiest, most miserable, anxious and have the highest and lowest levels of life satisfaction.
Based on survey results, the figures show a generally high level of happiness, with all of the regions scoring above 7.8 out of 10.
North Devon had a happiness rating of 7.81 compared to 7.66 in Torridge, while East Devon came in at 7.84.
People in North Devon and Torridge reported high levels of life satisfaction, happiness and feeling worthwhile.
Both areas also had low levels of anxiety, with every district in Devon coming in between 2.08 – 3.08 out of 10.
Since 2011 the ONS has been asking people aged 16 and over four questions about their assessment of their lives.
The 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 respond on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is ‘not at all’ and 10 is ‘completely’ and the researchers produce breakdowns of the answers by local authority.
Nationally wellbeing levels have been declining over the past year despite the country getting wealthier and the drop in national happiness has been blamed on world events such as the refugee crisis.
Dawn Snape, from ONS, said: “We have seen personal well-being improving on a UK-wide basis over the past five years.
“But today’s data paints a richer picture, enabling people to explore what’s been happening in their local area.
“This will help individuals, communities and local authorities to look at well-being locally alongside other traditional measures of progress.”
Use the interactive map above to see how regions around the UK compare to your district.