Southampton happier than Portsmouth but Hampshire more content than both

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WE’RE happy and we know it – well, if you live in Hampshire that is.

According to official Government statistics those living in the county are more satisfied with life that those in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth.

But in the happiness league table Southampton did score higher than its south coast rival on three of the four markers used by the Government to measure people’s well-being.

David Cameron’s so-called happiness index, which cost £2m to compile, interviewed 200,000 people aged 16 and over between April 2011 and March 2012.

The average Southampton resident rated their ‘life satisfaction’ at 7.45 out of 10, compared to 7.38 in Portsmouth and 7.56 in Hampshire. The UK average was 7.41.

Almost a quarter of Southampton people, and a fifth of people living in Hampshire, gave happiness ratings between zero and six.

The coalition wants to assess the wellbeing of the nation, as well its economic prosperity, and it could be used to shape future Government policy.

Labour branded the exercise a waste of money and a “statement of the bleeding obvious.”

People were asked four key questions: How satisfied they were with life, how worthwhile they thought their life was, how happy they had been yesterday, and how anxious they had been yesterday, rating their feelings from zero to 10.

The highest average happiness rating was 8.10, in Orkney and Shetland, while Thurrock, in Essex, was bottom with 7.09.

People tended to be happiest when they were in their teenage years or around retirement age, and married people scored higher than those who were single, cohabiting or divorced.

Being a homeowner, having a job and being healthy were all more likely to evoke happy responses.

Women tended to have a greater sense of life satisfaction than men and that what they do is worthwhile, but also reported higher levels of anxiety.

On a scale of 0 to 10, overall, how satisfied are you with life?
Region: Av answer
Hampshire 7.56
Southampton 7.45
Portsmouth 7.38
UK 7.41


Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
Region:
Hampshire 7.81
Southampton 7.62
Portsmouth 7.50
UK 7.66


Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
Region:
Hampshire 7.40
Southampton 7.24
Portsmouth 7.22
UK 7.28


Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
Region:
Southampton 3.12
Portsmouth 3.04
Hampshire 2.93
UK 3.14

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12:08pm Wed 25 Jul 12

George4th says...

Good job they missed out Southy and a few others on here or we would have been bottom!
Good job they missed out Southy and a few others on here or we would have been bottom! George4th
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12:13pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Huffter says...

George4th wrote:
Good job they missed out Southy and a few others on here or we would have been bottom!
Perhaps they should have done a separate poll for Echo readers!
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Good job they missed out Southy and a few others on here or we would have been bottom![/p][/quote]Perhaps they should have done a separate poll for Echo readers! Huffter
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12:27pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Shoong says...

Huffter wrote:
George4th wrote:
Good job they missed out Southy and a few others on here or we would have been bottom!
Perhaps they should have done a separate poll for Echo readers!
Not sure how you would get the word 'c***s' into a newspaper...
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Good job they missed out Southy and a few others on here or we would have been bottom![/p][/quote]Perhaps they should have done a separate poll for Echo readers![/p][/quote]Not sure how you would get the word 'c***s' into a newspaper... Shoong
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12:33pm Wed 25 Jul 12

ToastyTea says...

Pleasing to see we are better then the skates in every category as per normal.
Pleasing to see we are better then the skates in every category as per normal. ToastyTea
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1:00pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Northamboy says...

So on the whole Southampton are happier than Portsmouth AND we have a football team!

Isn't life good!
So on the whole Southampton are happier than Portsmouth AND we have a football team! Isn't life good! Northamboy
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1:08pm Wed 25 Jul 12

bigfella777 says...

They obviously didnt speak to me.
They obviously didnt speak to me. bigfella777
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1:21pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Condor Man says...

Of course people in Hampshire are happy, they don't have to live in either Southampton or Portsmouth.
Of course people in Hampshire are happy, they don't have to live in either Southampton or Portsmouth. Condor Man
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1:30pm Wed 25 Jul 12

snapperdownunder says...

Who would be happier living in a city than in the countryside with a bit of open space around you. It's a no-brainer. 2mill to compile Cameron's happiness index!! What is that government on?
Who would be happier living in a city than in the countryside with a bit of open space around you. It's a no-brainer. 2mill to compile Cameron's happiness index!! What is that government on? snapperdownunder
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2:16pm Wed 25 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

Its dangerous to admit being happy. The wife could find out that my hang dog expression is just an act to get out of talking to her endlessly.
Its dangerous to admit being happy. The wife could find out that my hang dog expression is just an act to get out of talking to her endlessly. good-gosh
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3:27pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Maine Lobster says...

£2m on a stupid "happiness index." A ridiculous waste.
£2m on a stupid "happiness index." A ridiculous waste. Maine Lobster
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3:50pm Wed 25 Jul 12

For pity sake says...

"According to official Government statistics those living in the county are more satisfied with life that those in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth."
"...THAT those..."?
Here's one Hampshire dweller who is not happy with the state of Echo proof reading.
"According to official Government statistics those living in the county are more satisfied with life that those in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth." "...THAT those..."? Here's one Hampshire dweller who is not happy with the state of Echo proof reading. For pity sake
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4:00am Thu 26 Jul 12

oregonsaint says...

I think I could do an excellent job as a proof reader for the Echo.
I think I could do an excellent job as a proof reader for the Echo. oregonsaint
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7:11am Thu 26 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

oregonsaint wrote:
I think I could do an excellent job as a proof reader for the Echo.
What an exciting ambition!
[quote][p][bold]oregonsaint[/bold] wrote: I think I could do an excellent job as a proof reader for the Echo.[/p][/quote]What an exciting ambition! good-gosh
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10:07am Thu 26 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Condor Man wrote:
Of course people in Hampshire are happy, they don't have to live in either Southampton or Portsmouth.
I have to say, I might look into moving to Hampshire. I'm getting a bit fed up with Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Of course people in Hampshire are happy, they don't have to live in either Southampton or Portsmouth.[/p][/quote]I have to say, I might look into moving to Hampshire. I'm getting a bit fed up with Southampton. Georgem
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3:00pm Thu 26 Jul 12

andysaints007 says...

For pity sake wrote:
"According to official Government statistics those living in the county are more satisfied with life that those in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth."
"...THAT those..."?
Here's one Hampshire dweller who is not happy with the state of Echo proof reading.
YAWN
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: "According to official Government statistics those living in the county are more satisfied with life that those in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth." "...THAT those..."? Here's one Hampshire dweller who is not happy with the state of Echo proof reading.[/p][/quote]YAWN andysaints007
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