Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Community News -

PEO­PLE liv­ing in the Western Isles are the hap­pi­est in the UK, a new sur­vey has found.

The is­lands’ res­i­dents from Lewis to Barra are top of a new list of the hap­pi­est ar­eas in the UK, fol­lowed by Orkney Is­lan­ders, who rank sec­ond.

The statis­tics, re­leased by think tank the Le­ga­tum In­sti­tute, show the Ge­og­ra­phy of Pros­per­ity In­dex (GOPI) for dif­fer­ent ar­eas, mea­sur­ing hap­pi­ness as well as phys­i­cal wealth.

The hap­pi­est peo­ple also con­tain some of the poor­est ar­eas, with in­comes in the Western Isles are just £15,000 a year - 135th out of the 170 ar­eas.

The is­land com­mu­ni­ties were viewed as hap­pier than main­land ar­eas be­cause of their sense of com­mu­nity and se­cu­rity, the sur­vey found.

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