Monday, July 22, 2024

Thurrock: The unhappiest place in Britain?

IT LOOKS like we all need to move to Orkney as it has been rated the happiest place in Britain. In stark contrast to Thurrock that has been placed at the bottom of the table.

As part of the government’s attempts to develop an alternative measure of national performance to goss domestic product (GDP), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data exploring how happiness and anxiety levels vary according to factors including sex and ethnic group.

Responses by 165,000 people in the annual population survey reveal the average rating of “life satisfaction” in Britain is 7.4 out of 10 and 80% of people gave a rating of seven or more when asked whether the things they did in their lives were “worthwhile”.

Residents of the local authority of Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland recording the UK’s highest satisfaction levels of 8.1 out of 10 and Thurrock last at 7.09.

According to the findings, age is a key determinate in how people estimate their own wellbeing, with feelings of satisfaction highest among 16- to 19-year-olds and 65- to 69-year-olds and slumping in between. The number of people rating their anxiety the previous day as high or very high grows steadily from the 20s through to 55, when it drops off.

Relationships also play a big part, with 82% of people in marriages or civil partnerships giving high or medium life satisfaction ratings, followed by cohabiting couples on 79%, single people on 71% and divorced people on 60%. Women also rated slightly higher on both the “life satisfaction” and the “worthwhile” question, but reported an average level of 3.3 for anxiety, compared with men’s three.

Far more significant, however, appears to be the impact of work: not only not having it – which leads twice as many unemployed people to rate their satisfaction levels as low or very low as those in a job – but also what kind of work you do. The highest average life satisfaction was reported by those in professional occupations such as teaching, medicine or law and was lowest among “process, plant and machine operatives”.

The shadow Cabinet Office minister, Michael Dugher, derided the project as a “a statement of the bleeding obvious” and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

David Cameron announced the £2m Measuring National Wellbeing project in 2010 as a way, he said, of providing a more complete way of measuring the country’s progress than the traditional economic data and incorporating subjective issues such as quality of life into policy-making.


  1. Just walking through the streets of Thurrock, especially Grays it makes you depressed to live there, the shops are all Nail Bars / Hairdressers / Charity or Ethnic foods, there is litter strewn across the floors and now we have disheveled bunting hanging from the lampposts and railings, the residents of the area no longer seem to care about their surroundings and TBC do little to improve the area, is it any wonder that Thurrock is an unhappy place to live????

  2. Having a sense of civic pride really does make people think differently about their neighbourhoods. Walking through Grays yesterday was the most miserable experience I’ve had all week. The place is depressing and downtrodden. Lambo is right, the bunting has not been removed and theres no uniformity to the place, not to mention the drunks and randoms hanging around looking shifty.

  3. I must agree with you both Lambo and Bernard87, I would not live there even if you paid me, the self pride seems to be missing, but is that any wonder what with the drunks and foreign nationals who have no awareness of self respect for themselves or others.


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