The Office of National Statistics survey has revealed that residents are happier and more satisfied living in Hart than in neighbouring Rushmoor
You are happier if you live in Hart than if you live in Rushmoor, a survey has found.
According to results published by the Office of National Statistics on Wednesday October 23, residents living in Hart are 'happier', 'satisfied', less 'anxious' and feel that their life is 'worthwhile'.
The Hart district was also rated as the second happiest and second most satisfying place to live in the whole of the UK.
Coming runners up to Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, James Arbuthnot, MP for North East Hampshire, said he was ‘really proud’ to represent Hart.
He said: “This survey confirms what I known for a long time; that my constituents are some of the most content, least anxious people in the country.
"The recent announcement that Hartley Wintney was found to be the best place to live is now supported by the findings reported.
"You can only be happier if you live Northern Ireland, Shetland or the Orkneys, although there are pockets of happiness to be found in central London.
"I prefer Hampshire myself and am really proud to represent it.”
As part of the survey, more than 100 people in Hart and 100 people in Rushmoor were asked to rate their wellbeing on a scale of 0 to 10 on four questions - how satisfied they were with life, how worthwhile life was, how happy they were yesterday and how anxious they were yesterday.
A score of 0 was deemed the lowest and 10 was the highest, representing those who were most happy.
Some 106 residents in Hart scored themselves an eight out of 10 on the happiness scale. Rushmoor was rated as a less happy place than Hart, with 108 people scoring themselves 7.4 out of 10 for happiness.
On the worthwhile and the life satisfaction scale, Hart scored higher again both with 8.1 compared to Rushmoor with 7.7 and 7.9 respectively.
Both Hart and Rushmoor residents scored themselves similarly on the anxiety scale, with 2.5 out of 10 in Hart and 2.8 out of 10 in Rushmoor.
Hampshire as a county saw some of the highest levels of personal wellbeing and low levels of anxiety in England.
Areas of North Yorkshire, Norwich and Winchester were found to be among the happiest areas, with Liverpool, Belfast and Manchester most unhappy cities.
The survey was carried out between April 2012 and this March. The same survey carried out the year before showed Hart to have improved more in the last 12 months than Rushmoor.
Out of 10 on the happiness scale, Hart scored itself 7.1 and Rushmoor 7.4, on the worthwhile scale Hart was 7.5 and Rushmoor 7.7, on the life satisfaction both areas were rated as 7.3 and on the anxiety scale Hart scored itself 2.9 and Rushmoor scored 2.5