The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the results of its annual survey measuring the happiness and well-being of people across the UK, with Oadby and Wigston rated as the 5th happiest place to live in the UK.
Ratings across four areas of personal well-being were measured by the respected London-based think tank. These included life satisfaction, feeling that what you do in life is worthwhile, anxiety and happiness.
Oadby and Wigston’s happiness score increased from 7.8 out of 10 in 2016’s survey to an impressive 8.2 in the year ending March 2017. This is above the mean average score of 7.5 and puts the Borough in 5th place in the whole of the UK and the only area in the East Midlands to make it into the top ten happiest places to live.
Leader of Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, Cllr John Boyce commented on the publication of the survey results: "The people of Oadby and Wigston have always struck me as happy and positive so this survey does not surprise me. The world is uncertain at the moment but the residents of this Borough seem to be taking this in their stride.
“The Borough Council strives to give certainty when it can and to involve residents when change is necessary. I hope the next survey will only be as good or better."
Matthew Steel, statistician for the ONS, on a national level said : "Today’s figures may surprise some, showing a small increase in both reported happiness and life satisfaction during a period that has seen political change and uncertainty.”
The Office for National Statistics is the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.
To view the full ONS survey, please click the link: Personal well-being in the UK: April 2016 to March 2017.