The Office for National Statistics has just released data outlining how happy people are across the UK, and the top 13 unhappiest places to live are all in England.
In their report titled “Personal well-being in the UK: Oct 2015 to Sept 2016”, the ONS asked people to respond on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely,” to the following questions:
# 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?
From there, the ONS produced mean ratings to apply to different locations. These can be converted into a ‘league table of unhappiness’, which could be a useful resource in the classroom.
The final results were:
13. Ipswich: 7.32 (much higher unemployment than the national rate of 4.7%, at over 8%)
12. Hackney: 7.31 (high gun and knife crime rates)
11. Enfield: 7.3. (high levels of gun and knife crime and issues with youth offenders and gangs)
T=9. Islington: 7.29 (cost of living has soared)
T=9. Boston: 7.29
8. Haringey: 7.25
7. Greenwich: 7.23 (cost of living has soared)
T=5. Lewisham: 7.14 (high homelessness and male life expectancy in Lewisham is 1.3 years below the London average)
T=5. Wolverhampton: 7.14 (high unemployment)
4. Preston: 7.06 (pockets of deprivation)
3. Burnley: 7.01
2. West Lancashire: 7.0
1. Corby: 6.86 (One in five children in Corby live in poverty, according to Charity Link. ONS figures also show that the town has one of the highest for unemployment compared to the rest of the county of Northamptonshire)