Mid and East Antrim folk third happiest in NI

Mid and East Antrim ranks high on happiness scale
Mid and East Antrim ranks high on happiness scale

Mid and East Antrim is the third happiest place to live in Northern Ireland, according to national well-being figures.

The study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found residents in the borough were also some of the least anxious people in the province.

On a scale of zero to 10, Mid and East Antrim folk rated 8.03, just shy of those in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon borough. Topping the list was Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Mid and East Antrim also scored 2.33 on the anxiety scale, just ahead of Antrim and Newtownabbey and Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Meanwhile, the borough was rated 8.23 for worthiness and 8.17 in the life satifaction category.

Glenn Everett, ONS director of well-being, said: “We often talk of how the country is doing, usually in economic terms.

“These 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.”