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Personal well-being in the UK: local authority update, 2015 to 2016

Latest Statistical bulletin on Personal well-being in the UK: local authority update, 2015 to 2016 published 27 September 2016. 

Every year since 2011, a large sample of UK adults aged 16 and over has answered the following 4 questions from which ONS produces estimates of the mean ratings for all 4 personal well-being questions, as well as their distributions. The 4 personal well-being questions asked are:

  1. overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  2. overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  3. overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  4. overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

People are asked to respond on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”.

This publication presents estimates of personal well-being for UK local authorities over the last 5 years. It includes interactive tools which allow you to explore how personal well-being has changed in your area over the 5 year period, to compare multiple areas at once and to compare your local area to the UK overall.

Previous research has shown health, relationships and employment are all factors that matter to personal well-being, however it is also important to consider each area's local circumstances, when looking at the well-being of local authorities.

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