‘Most miserable people in city’
Study finds least agreeable residents
PEOPLE living in Hillingdon, Hounslow, Ealing and Harrow are the most miserable inhabitants of London, according to a Cambridge University study.
The least agreeable people were found in western central London, an area that has the highest crime rate, busiest pedestrian traffic and some of the highest housing prices in the world.
The study shows that property purchases in London should perhaps be based on how well residents are suited to an area rather than traditional measures such as crime figures, schools or housing prices.
Researchers from the university have created a map of the capital which shows that people with specific personality types flock to certain areas in a phenomenon dubbed ‘geographical clustering’.
Between 2009 and 2011, the BBC collected data from almost 590,000 people as part of its Big Personality Test.
An international team of researchers has analysed data from the subset of 56,000 Londoners to examine how associations between personality and life satisfaction differed across the 216 postal districts of Greater London. The results were published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study found that people living in areas such as Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea were less sympathetic, cooperative or considerate than those on the outskirts.
The nicest inhabitants live in Bromley and Croydon, according to the research, while the most miserable appear to inhabit Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Harrow.
But they are far more open to new experiences than their suburban counterparts, who shy away from new experiences, the research showed. In fact, the maps reveal that people become progressively less adventuress as they move further from the centre of London.
South London appears to house the greatest number of extroverts, with gregarious types flocking to Richmond, Wandsworth and Lambeth. Residents of Hammersmith and Fulham and Wandsworth were the most emotionally stable, followed closely by Richmond.
Residents of leafy Richmond were the most satisfied and the most emotionally stable, while those in Hackney, Camden and Islington were unusually conscientious.
Dr Jason Rentfrow, of the department of psychology at Cambridge University said: “These findings not only add to our understanding of the ways in which our personalities relate to our physical environments, but they also provide useful information for choosing a place to live.”