Every year, the Government publishes its annual national well-being measure to find the happiest and unhappiest places in the UK.
The survey is conducted on a March to March basis, with this year’s statistics including the build up to the national lockdown on March 23.
The data, collected by the Office of National Statistics, showed an overall deterioration in aspects of well-being reflecting our daily emotions, anxiety and happiness from March 2019 to March 2020.
Figures show the average anxiety in the UK jumped to its highest level since we began measuring well-being and average happiness levels also declined steeply and significantly.
According to the statistics, in Merseyside, Sefton is the happiest places to live, with the area boasting a rating of 7.7 – with 10 being the happiest.
In contrast, it seems people are least happy in Liverpool and Knowsley, which had the lowest happiness ratings of 7.3.
Here are more detailed figures showing levels of happiness and anxiety across Merseyside.
Liverpool has a happiness ranking of 7.3. This is a slight decrease from 7.4 in the previous year.
Anxiety has risen to 3.2 from 2.8 from last year. Despite the increase, a score less than 4 is still considered low.
Sefton has a happiness ranking of 7.7 which is a marked climb from 7.4 in the previous year.
It has also seen a drop in the anxiety ratings at 2.9, down from 3.1 in the previous year.
Knowsley has a happiness ranking of 7.3 which is down from 7.5 in the previous year.
However, anxiety is down with a ranking of 2.7 compared to 2.9 the previous year.
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St Helens has a happiness ranking of 7.5. This is the same as its score of 7.5 the previous year.
Anxiety ranking is also the same as the previous year with a score of 2.9.
Wirral has a happiness ranking of 7.4. This is a slight decrease from the score of 7.5 the previous year.
Anxiety ranking is also down with a score of 2.7. This is a slight decrease from 2.8 the previous year.