Craven, a district in the southern Yorkshire Dales, has the highest happiness levels in the country according to a survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Craven also reported the lowest levels of anxiety in the country.
It also has good schools, excellent transport links and strong communities, which goes some way towards explaining the high levels of happiness.
Craven scored 8.3 out of a possible 10 for happiness, beating the national average of 7.5. For life satisfaction it scored 8.45, easily beating runner-up North Warwickshire’s score of 8.36.
The most unhappy place is Hertsmere, in Hertfordshire with a rating of 6.87. The place with the lowest life satisfaction is Greenwich, scoring 7.28.
In 2014 the Sunday Times named Skipton the best place to live in the UK, with its high street beating London’s Portobello Road as the best in the country. It also boasts a grand medieval castle and a regular thriving market in the town centre.
Craven’s residents are delighted with the results of the survey. District council chief executive Paul Shevlin told the Guardian: ‘As you might expect, I’m very happy to hear this. We’re often recognised as one of the best places to live and this is hardly surprising when you look at our beautiful countryside, brilliant schools, amazing communities and our warm and friendly people.’
Essentially, we should all move to Yorkshire.
The survey involves the ONS asking people over the age of 16 questions such as, ‘Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?’ with participants giving a score between zero (‘not at all’) and 10 (‘completely’).
If you want to try and emulate Yorkshirian levels of happiness, consider eating a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, hiking across a moor, drinking tea strong enough to strip paint and viewing sculptures that are part of a breathtaking natural landscape.