The UK's happiest places have been revealed

Northern Irish areas such as Fermanagh and Omagh fared well in the survey

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People who live in Northern Ireland have labelled themselves the happiest in the UK.

As part of a survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics, respondents across the UK answered questions on happiness, anxiety and worthwhile-ness.

The Northern Irish areas of Fermanagh and Omagh were above the national average for happiness, answering the question "how happy were you yesterday, on a scale of zero to 10?" with an average of 8.3.

Ulster also scored well, coming high in both life satisfaction and feelings that residents' lives were worthwhile.

Next down the list for happiness of their residents were the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Eilean Siar in the Western Isles, West Somerset and the Orkney Isles.

Eilean Siar, which is part of the remote Outer Hebrides ofScotland, is also the best place to live for life satisfaction and feeling that life is worthwhile, and scored low on anxiety.

Glenn Everett, director of well-being at the Office for National Statistics, told the Evening Standard that there was an improvement in how people were rating their lives four years ago overall.

But she said that differences in areas that were happy and unhappy had grown slightly.

“We often talk of how the country is doing, usually in economic terms. Today’s figures address how people are feeling about their lives.

“Overall, people are generally rating their lives higher than they did four years ago. But what is interesting is that they show a slight growth in inequality between people rating their lives highly and those reporting low levels of personal well-being.

"In other words, a growing inequality that policy makers need to consider.”

The most unhappy place in England is apparently Bolsover in Derbyshire - followed by Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, Dundee City, Dover and Liverpool.

The very bottom place for life satisfaction was Ipswich, in Suffolk, meanwhile, with Wolverhampton also scoring badly on that count.

And two of the most anxious places in the country are Pendle in Lancashire and Greenwich in London.

David Cameron announced in 2010 when he became prime minister that he would be measuring national well-being along with other more traditional factors such as economic, social and environmental measures.

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