Cornwall residents among the happiest
CORNWALL boasts one of the happiest populations in England, according to a new report.
The county ranked in the top five nationally on issues of happiness (7.5 out of 10), life satisfaction (7.7) and self-worth (7.5) in an experimental study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
More than a third of people in Cornwall (37.2 per cent) also scored their happiness at nine or the maximum 10 – the highest rate in England.
John Pollard, leader of Cornwall Council, said: "I'm not surprised that Cornwall has come out so well in this survey and I don't think it will be a surprise to anyone else who lives here.
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"I wouldn't want to live anywhere else and I'm glad that those of our residents who gave their opinion agree with me."
Contentment on the other side of the River Tamar, was similarly high with Devon seeing scores of 7.4 for happiness, 7.6 for satisfaction and 7.8 in the worthwhile category. All were significantly above the national average.
The leader of Devon County Council, John Hart, added: "I've lived and worked in Devon all my life so I can well understand why people across the South West are happier and more satisfied with life than average."
Nationally, personal wellbeing improved in the past 12 months compared to 2011-12 while anxiety levels fell.
Among the English regions, the South West and the South East had some of the highest levels of average life satisfaction and worthwhile ratings.
The South West also had proportionately more people than any other region rating life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness as 9 or 10 out of 10.
The data, which was collated by polling 165,000 people, also paints a picture of wellbeing across the UK.
ONS officials asked people to rate how satisfied they are with their lives, how worthwhile they feel their lives are, how happy they feel on a rising scale of zero to 10.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, compared to the slower pace of life in the West Country, many of the most anxious people in Britain live in London's commuter belt.
People who live in Reading, Slough, Milton Keynes and Brighton are among the most anxious in the country, the ONS data showed.
People living in Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands have the lowest levels of self-worth and life satisfaction.
The report said the factors most associated with personal wellbeing are health, employment and relationship status.
But it added: "The relationship between personal well-being and local circumstances is complex.
"ONS plan to publish further analysis later this year looking in detail at how different aspects of where we live contribute to personal wellbeing."