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Redditch named as unhappiest town in latest ONS survey

Redditch Editorial 5th Dec, 2022 Updated: 5th Dec, 2022   0

REDDITCH is one of the UK’s unhappiest area, according to a survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The town, ranked as one of the lowest in terms of how ‘happy’ people from there said they were in the ONS’s most recent well-being survey.

It was followed by Tunbridge Wells and Colchester as areas where people living there reported being least happy.

Redditch was famously once the home of the world’s fishing tackle and needle industries.




At one point, 90% of the world’s needles were said to be produced there, according to records from the Forge Mill Needle Museum.

But happiness seems to be the most challenging catch in the town, which had an average happiness of 6.8 out of 10.


At the other end of the scale, Torridge, in north Devon, ranked as the UK’s ‘happiest’ area, followed by Pendle in Lancashire and Lichfield in Staffordshire.

The data, which the ONS says is just one well-being measure it records alongside overall life satisfaction, worthwhile, and anxiety, was recorded from April last year to March this year.

The responses, which were taken at different points throughout the year, were then pulled together to create an average ‘happiness’ for each area.

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