The people of Rother are getting less anxious, more satisfied with life and happier than the national average, according to statistics released yesterday (Tuesday, September 27).
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed which parts of the country are the happiest, most anxious, have the highest and lowest levels of life satisfaction and how worthwhile people’s lives feel.
Rother’s anxiety score was 2.28 out of 10 for 2015/16, a drop from 2.66 the year before and well below the UK average.
Our happiness levels have decreased slightly to 7.67 out of 10 this year compared to 7.71 in 2014/15.
For life satisfaction, the district is one of the highest in the country with 8.11 out of 10 – Mid & East Antrim is top with 8.39.
When asked, ‘to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?’, Rother’ score has fallen a little to 8.01 out of 10, from 8.06 last year.
In comparison, Hastings scored lower (or higher for anxiety) in every category, suggesting people in the countryside are happier, while Wealden has similar results across the board.
Wellbeing levels have been stagnating over the past year despite the country getting wealthier, according to the ONS.
The drop in national happiness has been blamed on world events such as the refugee crisis and numerous terror attacks around the world.
It is the first time since the surveys began in 2011 that wellbeing rates have plateaued.
The Outer Hebrides - otherwise known as Na h-Eileanan Siar - is the happiest place to live, with residents scoring 8.24 out of 10 in the last year.
While East Northamptonshire was deemed the least happiest place to live, scoring 7.01 in the past 12 months.
For all the figures, click here.
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