National Well-being

First annual Subjective Well-being Annual Population Survey: ONS

  • Three-quarters (75.9 per cent) of people aged 16 and over rated their overall ‘life satisfaction’ as 7 or more. This compares with 80.0 per cent of people who gave a rating of 7 or more when asked whether they felt the things they did in their lives were ‘worthwhile’
  •  When asked about day-to-day emotions, 10.9 per cent of people in the UK rated their ‘happiness yesterday’ as less than 5 out of 10 (indicating lower happiness).
  • Women were more likely to report higher levels of subjective well-being
  • ‘Life satisfaction’ and ‘worthwhile’ ratings differed by age, with people aged 16 to 19 and 65 to 79 reporting, on average, the highest ratings.
  • The ethnic group with the lowest average ‘life satisfaction’ rating was the ‘Black/African/ Caribbean/Black British’ group (6.7 out of 10).
  • Having a partner appears to be related with improved subjective well-being.

National Well-being – Health: ONS

  • Between 1930 and 2010 life expectancy at birth in the UK (that is the length of time that an individual born in a specific year can expect to live) increased by around a third for both sexes from 58.7 to 78.2 years for men and from 63.0 to 82.3 for women
  • Cancer was still the most common cause of death in the UK in 2011, followed by heart disease, diseases of the respiratory system and cerebrovascular diseases, which includes stroke
  • In England in 2007, around one in six adults had a common mental disorder such as anxiety or depression

National Well-being – Where we Live: ONS

  • In October 2011 and February 2012, 84 per cent of adults aged 16 and over in Great Britain reported a medium/high satisfaction (7 to 10 out of 10) with their living accommodation
  • In 2008, adults aged 18 and over in England reported levels of crime (61 per cent), clean streets (45 per cent) and health services (44 per cent) as the most important factors in making somewhere a good place to live
  • In the 12 months to May 2012, UK house prices increased by 2.3 per cent. The average UK mixadjusted house price was £228,000 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • In 2011, 5 per cent of adults aged 18 and over in Great Britain reported feeling a sense of isolation due to difficulties accessing local shops and services
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