Redbridge voted happiest place to live in London

PUBLISHED: 12:41 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 28 September 2016

Smiley face. Picture Andy Butterton, EMPICS Sports Photo Agency.

Smiley face. Picture Andy Butterton, EMPICS Sports Photo Agency.


Redbridge has been ranked as the happiest place to live in London, new research has revealed.

From Goodmayes to Gants Hill, data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the borough scored 7.6 out of 10, beating every other local authority in the capital.

The study analysed personal wellbeing on a local level over the last five years, with respondents required to answer questions by researchers which were then used to measure levels of life satisfaction, happiness, unhappiness, anxiety and feeling worthwhile.

A large sample of UK adults aged over 16 answered the ONS annual population survey and rated their answers on a scale between zero and 10.

Redbridge scored well in each category, with a 7.8 out of 10 for life satisfaction and 8.07 out of 10 for feeling worthwhile.

Londoners had higher levels of anxiety than the rest of the country, and Redbridge conformed to this trend with a score of 2.97 out of 10.

South of the river did not fair so well in the happiness stakes and Greenwich was ranked the most miserable place to live in the capital.

Lambeth was second, Islington was third, Haringey fourth and Croydon fifth

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