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Revealed: these are the happiest (and unhappiest) parts of the UK

Researchers took into account things like access to GPs, parks, wi-fi and jobs

Written by
Faima Bakar

How happy are you right now? Turns out the answer might depend based on where you live. A new survey quizzed 20,000 people about their current state of mind and used the data to map the happiest (and unhappiest) places to live in the UK.

As part of its Rebuilding Britain Index, Legal & General asked people to consider a variety of factors including access to a good GP, parks, decent wi-fi and availability of jobs.

The happiest place to live was apparently the South West, which includes Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. In second place was the South East (spanning Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex), closely followed by London in third. These areas were lauded for their good transport, GPs, parks and reliable phone and wi-fi.

So which area fared the worst? The North East of England – including NewcastleNorthumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear – is apparently the unhappiest area, with respondents noting poor quality roads and bad wi-fi.

Other areas that ranked less well include West Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and Humber, where locals cited a lack of good GPs and well-paid jobs.

Here’s the list in full:

1. South West

2. South East

3. London

4. East of England

5. East Midlands

6. Northern Ireland

7. Scotland

8. Wales

9. Yorkshire and Humber

10. North West

11. West Midlands

12. North East

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