The historic Hampshire city has topped the Royal Mail UK Happiness Index, which has identified the happiest places across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales from a survey carried out earlier in 2019.
The high score of Winchester, which offers both city life and proximity to the surrounding countryside, was largely driven by the local authority’s high earnings, a high reported sense of well-being from residents and low levels of deprivation. But it wasnt the only area in the south east to perform well.
Five other local authorities from the region ranked in the top ten, with Babergh, a rural area in Suffolk, placed in second thanks to its low carbon emissions and good access to health services.
Highland had the joint highest score for reported well-being across the UK, while the Shetland Islands low crime rate and low deprivation levels edged it past other areas.
In Scotland, East Renfrewshire topped the list. The council area scores in the 90th percentile across all local authorities in the UK for earnings, pushing it up amongst local authorities in the country.
The Scottish Borders secured the next position on the list with the second lowest level of crime in Scotland, followed closely by Midlothian and East Lothian.
Monmouthshire took first place in Wales, with the highest life expectancy, earnings and low levels of crime and deprivation. In Ireland, all top five local authorities were found to have a “very similar overall index”. The outer suburbs of Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh were named the most cheerful, thanks to low level of carbon emissions and good access to health services.
Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Do you live in one of the happiest places in the UK? The index is based on life expectancy, earnings, inequality, carbon emissions, crime, deprivation and access to health services. By Russell Hope, news reporter
image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News Winchester has topped the list of happiest places in the UK, according to a study commissioned by Royal Mail.
The index is based on life expectancy, earnings, inequality, carbon emissions, crime, deprivation and access to health services.
1. Winchester2. Babergh3. Rushcliffe4. Chiltern5. Ribble Valley6. Waverley7. Forest Heath8. Surrey Heath9. Elmbridge10. Epsom and Ewell
1. East Renfrewshire2. East Dunbartonshire3. Aberdeenshire4. Stirling5. Scottish Borders6. Midlothian7. East Lothian8. Highland9. South Ayrshire10. Shetland Islands
1. Monmouthshire2. Vale of Glamorgan3. Ceredigion4. Carmarthenshire5. Pembrokeshire6. Bridgend7. Neath Port Talbot8. Cardiff9. Torfaen10. Powys
1. Lisburn and Castlereagh2. Newry, Mourne and Down3. Causeway Coast and Glens4. Ards and North Down5. Mid Ulster