The happiest and unhappiest places to live in Hertfordshire have been revealed according to the most recent personal well-being data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The data, from the 2019/20 annual population survey, found that both the St Albans and East Hertfordshire boroughs were the happiest places in the county.
Both boroughs received a score of 7.9 out of 10 for the happiness rating and were joint first of the county’s 10 boroughs.
At the other end of the scale was Welwyn Hatfield which saw happiness ratings dip to 7.3 out of 10.
The ONS has broken down the average ratings of four factors – life satisfaction, the feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety – to measure personal well-being across the UK.
The latest data covers the period between April 2019 and March 2020 which includes the build-up to the first national lockdown on March 23, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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East Hertfordshire is home to towns like Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford and Ware. Whereas St Albans, Hertfordshire, is home to the city itself as well as towns such as Harpenden.
Watford and Stevenage were found to be the second happiest boroughs in the county with ratings of 7.8.
Three Rivers was next with a solid rating of 7.7 which was just higher than North Hertfordshire and Broxbourne which recorded 7.6.
Dacroum and Hertsmere made up the other boroughs with a rating of 7.5 out of 10 which was just higher than the unhappiest borough of Welwyn Hatfield.
As mentioned above, the findings also measured the anxiety ratings and overall life satisfaction in all the boroughs.
The ratings for life satisfaction correlated with the happiest ratings as both St Albans and East Hertfordshire were among the highest.
North Hertfordshire and Broxbourne were shortly behind with ratings of 7.9 and 7.7 respectively.
Use the interactive map below to find the complete statistics for your area of Herts:
Hertsmere was the borough with the highest anxiety rating of 3.1 out of 10. Stevenage and Welwyn Hatfield were next with ratings of 3.0.
The survey’s estimates are taken from the Annual Population Survey, which provides a representative sample of those living in private residential households in the UK.
It’s important to note that people living in communal establishments, such as care homes, or other non-household situations are not represented in this survey.