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Pendle in Lancashire tops list of five most anxious places to live in the UK

Fermanagh and Omagh in Northern Ireland has been named the happiest place to live

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Wednesday 23 September 2015 14:10 BST
Pendle Hill, located in the east of Lancashire
Pendle Hill, located in the east of Lancashire (Trevor Littlewood/Geopgraph)

Pendle in Lancashire has been named the most anxious place to live in the UK, while people living in Fermanagh and Omagh in Northern Ireland have been found to be the happiest.

According to a new study by the Office for National Statistics, when people in Pendle were asked “Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? (0 is 'not at all anxious' and 10 is 'completely anxious'),” residents recorded an average score of 3.58.

Pendle was closely followed by Greenwich, Lisburn and Castlereagh, Hertsmere and Forest of Dean.

The new national well-being figures showed that while Fermangagh and Omagh is the happiest place to live, Bolsover in Derbyshire scored the lowest in terms of happiness, worthiness and life satisfaction categories.

Eilean Siar, in the Outer Hebrides, is the best place to live for life satisfaction and was also in the top five for happiness and worthiness.

Glenn Everett, ONS director of well-being, said: “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.”

Question: Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? (0 is 'not at all anxious' and 10 is 'completely anxious')

Top five:

1. Pendle 3.58

2. Greenwich 3.55

3. Lisburn and Castlereagh 3.52

4. Hertsmere 3.51

5. Forest of Dean 3.49

Bottom five:

1. Nuneaton and Bedworth 1.84

2. Rushmoor 2.01

3. Boston 2.06

4. Eilean Siar 2.07

5. Richmondshire 2.10

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