The happiest places in the UK, mapped


Northern Ireland is happier than the rest of the UK, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

When asked "Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?" where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”... the mean score of respondents in Northern Ireland was nearly 3 per cent higher than other countries in the UK.

Overall, the survey found that there has been no improvement in ratings of happiness, anxiety and feeling that things in life are worthwhile over the one year period between March 2015 and 2016.

Which is cheery.

To be fair, it also found that over a five year period, reported happiness was on the up.

In addition, people in Northern Ireland continue to give higher average ratings of personal well-being for all measures except anxiety, when compared with the other UK countries.

Meanwhile people in London report lower average ratings of life satisfaction, anxiety and feeling things in life are worthwhile compared with UK overall.

Dawn Snape, Quality of Life, Office for National Statistics, said:

We have seen personal well-being improving on a UK-wide basis over the past five years. But today's data paints a richer picture, enabling people to explore what's been happening in their local area. This will help individuals, communities and local authorities to look at well-being locally alongside other traditional measures of progress.

To see how your local area fared, see our interactive map, below:

So where were the happiest areas in the country?

Here's a run down of the happiest areas in the UK:

And a top 10 for Scotland:


Northern Ireland:


So how did your local area compare? Let us know in the comments.

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