Northern Ireland is happiest place to live

Feb 06, 2017

Northern Ireland continues to be the happiest place to live in the UK, according to a survey released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today.  Northern Ireland continues to have the highest personal well-being ratings when compared with the other constituent countries of the UK. Ratings of life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness in Northern Ireland are higher than those in England, Wales, Scotland and the UK average, with anxiety levels the lowest.

Mid and East Antrim continues to be the happiest spot in the UK to live, followed by Mid Ulster.  The ONS survey asked respondents to rate their happiness between 0 and 10 with the question: “How happy were you yesterday?”.

People in the borough scored 8.01 – substantially higher than the mean Northern Ireland happiness score of 7.7. It also represents an increase in the happiness rating for Mid and East Antrim, which registered 8.05 in 2014/15.

Mid and East Antrim also polled top for life satisfaction in the UK with a score of 8.39, compared with the Northern Ireland average of 7.85 and UK average of 7.65 . September’s wellbeing survey has been carried out by the ONS annually for the past five years after former Prime Minister David Cameron made monitoring well being one of his flagship policies. 

Since 2011, the Office of National Statistics have asked personal well-being questions to adults in the UK, to better understand how they feel about their lives. 


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