This Hampshire district is the happiest in the country 

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A Hampshire district is the happiest in the whole country, a survey has revealed. 

The 95,800 residents of Rushmoor – which includes the towns of Aldershot and Farnborough – scored highest in the Office of National Statistics (ONS) happiness survey. 

The happiness survey has been revealed by the Office for National Statistics

The happiness survey has been revealed by the Office for National Statistics

While the national average for happiness was 7.5 out of 10, the district had an average happiness level of 8.3 out of 10. 

The happiness survey was part of the ONS’s annual Personal well-being in the UK bulletin – with the data gathered between April 2017 and March 2018. 

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It includes estimates of life satisfaction, feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety at the UK, country, regional and local authority level.

Silvia Manclossi, head of ONS’s quality of life team said: ‘An important part of our work is looking beyond the economic health of the country to how its people are faring and inequalities in society.

‘Today, for the first time, we have identified how factors such as health, access to services and crime levels may affect how people rate their well-being in different parts of the UK.

‘This can help local authorities and other organisations to better understand where services could be targeted to help improve the well-being of people in their area.’ 

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Here is how Portsmouth and the surrounding area performed in the ONS survey: 

Happiness

The national average for happiness in the UK was 7.5 out of 10. 

Here is how places in our area scored their happiness levels: 

- Portsmouth: 7.5 out of 10

- Gosport: 7.4 out of 10

- Fareham: 7.9 out of 10 

- Havant (including Hayling Island and Waterlooville): 7.5 out of 10

- Southampton: 7.4 out of 10

Which means that Portsmouth is a happier place the Southampton. 

Life satisfaction

The national average for happiness for life satisfaction was 7.7 out of 10. 

Here is how places in our area scored their life satisfaction levels: 

- Portsmouth: 7.7 out of 10

- Gosport: 7.9 out of 10

- Fareham: 8.1 out of 10 

- Havant (including Hayling Island and Waterlooville): 7.9 out of 10

Feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile

The national average for worthwhile was 7.9 out of 10. 

Here is how our area scored in this category: 

- Portsmouth: 7.9 out of 10

- Gosport: 7.9 out of 10

- Fareham: 8.2 out of 10 

- Havant (including Hayling Island and Waterlooville): 8 out of 10

Anxiety

The national average for anxiety was 2.9 out of 10. 

Here is how the places in our area scored their anxiety levels:

- Portsmouth: 3.1 out of 10

- Gosport: 2.9 out of 10

- Fareham: 2.2 out of 10 

- Havant (including Hayling Island and Waterlooville): 2.6 out of 10