Hackney is the unhappiest place in the UK, a new government study has revealed.
Every year, the Office of National Statistics tries to look beyond mere GDP, and carries out a major national survey to ascertain just how serene (or stressed) we’re all feeling. They contact people around the country and ask them four key 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?
Results are then tabulated for every borough and local authority in the country… and the results are, sadly, not great for Londoners.
Out of 433 areas surveyed, Hackney finished dead last, with a score across the four sections of 28.35 out of a possible 40. Meanwhile, Lambeth, Lewisham, Greenwich and Islington are all in the bottom ten. Oh dear.
But, it’s joyous news for Hounslow and Harrow, officially the most satisfied and happy and satisfied folks in the capital.
With such a clutch of boroughs sinking to the bottom of the national happiness tables, it won’t surprise you that London, overall, was the unhappiest major area in the UK, with Northern Ireland and the east of England performing the best. But if you really want to run away from your problems, head to the Craven District of North Yorkshire, officially the most chipper place in the country right now with a score of 33.23.
The only explanation is they have even better pop-ups than London. Skipton, here we come!
All in all, though, things seem to be moving in the right direction across the UK, as our feelings of life satisfaction have been gently increasing over the last few years.
Statistician Matthew Steel said: “Today’s figures may surprise some, showing a small increase in both reported happiness and life satisfaction during a period that has seen political change and uncertainty. It’s worth noting that employment rates rose during the period covered by this report, and other ONS analysis showed people perceiving an improvement in their own financial situations and in the overall economy. These are factors we believe may account for some people’s increased sense of personal well-being.”
So simply bide your time, and soon enough you’ll be as zen as the folks in North Yorkshire.