People in Birmingham are happier than their counterparts in Manchester and Glasgow, according to results from an official well-being survey.
According to the Office for National Statistics’ Personal Wellbeing survey, ratings for life satisfaction and feelings that the things we do in life are worthwhile, increased on average between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
The research revealed that the life-satisfaction rate across the UK jumped to 7.45 for the 2012/13 period, up from 7.41 the year before. In addition, the anxiety rate across the UK dropped to 3.03 for the 2012/13 period, down from 3.14 the year before.
The aim is to provide a fuller picture of how society is doing by supplementing existing economic, social and environmental measures.
In England, the southwest and southeast regions had some of the highest levels of life satisfaction (7.52 and 7.5, respectively) and worthwhile (7.77 and 7.75) ratings in 2012/13.
Birmingham’s happiness figure reached 7.06 with only residents of Wolverhampton having a lower happiness rating that the city.
Walsall was the happiest place to live in the West Midlands with a rating of 7.44.
Satisfaction with life was rated at 7.22 in Birmingham, while thins that make day-to-day life worthwhile measured 7.47.
The ONS stressed that the relationship between personal wellbeing and local circumstances is complex and the reasons why different areas of the UK have different levels of personal wellbeing is “not yet fully understood.”
In a separate part of the survey, regions were given well-being ratings out of 40 to produce an alternative measure of national performance.
Birmingham reached 28.64 on the Government’s overall ‘happiness’ index which is a higher rating than Liverpool, Manchester or Belfast.
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