New data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveals the unhappiest places to live in Britain right now.
Researchers assessed the personal wellbeing in regions across the nation by asking residents to give a happiness rating out of 10, in response to the following 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?
A zero-rating meant "not at all" happy and 10 was "completely" happy.
Corby in Northamptonshire topped the list as the UK's unhappiest town, with an average happiness rating of 6.86 out of 10.
The London borough of Haringay was eighth on the list
Three Lancashire locations came next on the list. This region varies massively in terms of prosperity, with some parts suffering from higher than average unemployment rates. Preston, which ranked as the UK's fourth unhappiest city, is home to some of the most deprived areas in Britain, in terms of education, health, crime and living environments.
Four London boroughs - Lewisham, Greenwich, Haringey and Islington - also ranked amid the UK's top 10 unhappiest places.
Lewisham has one of the highest numbers of rough sleepers in the capital, a problem that is exacerbated by a lack of affordable housing. Levels in depression are high in Islington, an area where social exclusion is rife thanks to a growing rich-poor divide.
Wolverhampton, with high rates of unemployment, came in at number five
The ONS data indicated that national anxiety levels have risen slightly between September 2015 and September 2016. A spokesperson said that the organisation would begin to publish data quarterly, rather than annually, to keep a closer eye on emerging wellbeing trends.
"At a time when economic measures are generally improving, this is not necessarily reflected in how people tell us they are feeling about their lives," said Matthew Steel, a statistician at the Office for National Statistics.
"Whilst it is too early to say why anxiety ratings have increased slightly and why life satisfaction, happiness and worthwhile ratings have levelled off in the past 12 months, we know from our previous research that factors impacting most on people’s personal well-being include health, work situation and relationship status."
Take a look at the top 10 list of unhappiest places, and their average ratings out of 10, below.
The unhappiest places in Britain 2017
- Corby, Northamptonshire - 6.86/10
- West Lancashire - 7/10
- Burnley, Lancashire - 7.01/10
- Preston, Lancashire - 7.06/10
- Wolverhampton, West Midlands - 7.14/10
- Lewisham, South London - 7.14/10
- Greenwich, South London - 7.23/10
- Haringey, North London - 7.25/10
- Boston, Lincolnshire - 7.29/10
- Islington, North London - 7.29/10