Blackpool is 'gloomiest place in Britain'

Stat of the day: 7.4/10. David Cameron's latest wheeze, the Happiness Index, has finally landed. And it turns out that us Brits are a pretty upbeat bunch, with an average happiness rating of 7.4 out of 10.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

According to the Office for National Statistics' inaugural poll of 200,000 people aged 16 and over, the nation is in pretty good spirits. Particularly those who own their own home, are employed, and are married. Hardly the most shocking revelation, that.

Rather more interesting is the geography of happiness: residents of the Orkney and Shetland islands have Britain’s highest proportion of happiness per capita, closely followed by Rutland, Anglesey, Wiltshire, and West Berkshire. The further away you are from David Cameron, the happier you are...

At the bottom of the LOL league table, however, is Blackpool. The party capital of Blighty, complete with pleasure beach and donkey rides, is officially the nation's saddest spot. Middle-aged adults are also twice as likely to tick the grumpy box than teenagers or pensioners. Women are, as a general rule, slightly happier than men (but slightly more anxious). And divorcees are the most miserable of the bunch.

The Prime Minister launched the wellness survey last year to work out how government could 'really improve lives'. Perhaps the Coalition is planning to criminalise singledom and force the newly paired couple to buy houses in order to shore up the nation's happiness? Until then, if you are a 45 year-old, unemployed divorcee, renting a small apartment in the centre of Blackpool, MT's door is always open if you need to talk...

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