Rutland 2nd Happiest Place to live in the UK
Rutland is the 2nd happiest place to live in the whole of the UK, and the happiest in England, according to a survey released by the Office of National Statistics.
Only Orkney and Shetland outscore Rutland in the national poll that asked residents across the United Kingdom to rate how happy they are with life.
- 85% of people living in Rutland are very satisfied with their life
- 87% of people living in Rutland feel that what they do is worthwhile
Roger Begy, Leader of Rutland County Council said: "Those already living here have known for a long time that we live in a fantastic area with high quality education, low crime rates, minimal road congestion and pollution, as well as some of the best countryside right on our doorstep".
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"We also have lots more in the pipeline with faster broadband on the way as part of the joint council / BT Digital Rutland project and £4 million of transport improvements that will be extremely welcome in a rural area."
Roger Begy added: "Rutland is not only a great place to live, but also a wonderful tourist destination that attracts people from across the country each year. I'm sure that this survey will be welcomed by Discover Rutland and also the tourist businesses across the whole county".
This is the first time that a national 'happiness survey' has taken place and it follows an increasing understanding that just using traditional economic measures do not always reflect overall progress or wellbeing.
Previous research has always made assumptions about how things like health and income might influence how people feel about life. This is the first time that the question has been asked directly to those completing the survey.
During the last 12 months, the Office for National Statistics included subjective well-being questions for the first time in two key household surveys - the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) and the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).
Those who responded were asked to record between 0-10 (10 being the highest) how satisfied they are with their life, to what extent they feel the things they do are worthwhile, how happy did you feel yesterday, and how anxious did you feel yesterday.
You can find out more from the Office for National Statistics.