South Ayrshire dwellers less happy than average

People in South Ayrshire are not as happy as their counterparts elsewhere in Scotland, according to a Government survey.

The annual subjective wellbeing results, published by the Office for National Statistics last week, found South Ayrshire residents rated their life satisfaction 7.38 out of 10 on average – 0.1 percent lower than the Scottish average and higher than only eight of Scotland’s 30 local authority areas.

South Ayrshire also topped the poll for the number of people claiming high anxiety levels the day before they were surveyed.

Nearly half of South Ayrshire citizens reported a high or very high rating, more than six percent higher than the Scottish average of 38.77 percent and more than 15 percent higher than the lowest figure – from Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland.

But Scotland is happier than the English and Welsh, as well as the UK as a whole, according to the figures.

South Ayrshire also beat neighbours East and North Ayrshire in the happiness stakes, with more people viewing their life as worthwhile than their counterparts in the latter council area and the number claiming they felt happy yesterday higher than in both adjacent counties.

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