Monday, 1 September 2008

How Happy are you ?

Well given the current economic troubles you may not be sure but according to a recent research report presented to the Royal Geographical Society, High Peak along with our partners on some areas of work Derbyshire Dales currently feature just over half way down the list of areas in the UK with a ranking of 149th out of 273.

This is in contrast to our near neighbours in Staffordshire Moorlands with whom the Council share a Chief Executive who rank just outside the top 10 at number 11 on the list. Perhaps this may be one of areas where we will be looking for expertises from our neighbours?

The research which was conducted by the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, used data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which includes questions on happiness, education and so on along with details from the Census.

The survey featured in the Daily Mirror (amongst other places) and listed the happiest place in the UK to be Powys, with Edinburgh been apparently the most miserable place in Britain.

Interesting noting the recent suggestions by a Conservative think tank that we should abandon the North and all move south, 8 out of the top 10 happiest districts in the Country are in Scotland or the North.

The full list is available by clicking here

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