Hap­pi­est Scots earn over £40k and don’t live alone

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than when the sur­vey be­gan in 2015.

Mid-Scot­land pro­duced the high­est recorded hap­pi­ness score in the three-year his­tory of the study.

In ad­di­tion, those in the Cen­tral Scot­land area are al­most 50% more happy than they were last year, but last year’s hap­pi­est group – those liv­ing in Fife – are 17% less happy in 2017.

The least happy group was Glas­gow, with the in­dex show­ing peo­ple there are 40% less happy than those in Mid-Scot­land.

The in­dex con­tin­ues to show that con­tent­ment im­proves with age, with those 65 and over re­main­ing the hap­pi­est in Scot­land. Peo­ple aged be­tween 35 and 44 were found to be the least happy. Peo­ple liv­ing in pairs scored the high­est re­sults for hap­pi­ness, while those liv­ing alone are the least happy for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Those with the low­est per­sonal and house­hold in­comes recorded the low­est hap­pi­ness scores, while the hap­pi­est group was those with per­sonal and house­hold in­comes be­tween £40,000 and £59,999.

Bank of Scot­land di­rec­tor Mike Mo­ran said: “Over­all, hap­pi­ness in Scot­land has never been higher, with the in­dex show­ing growth ev­ery year since 2015, and in­creas­ing by 8% in the last year alone.”

The find­ings are based on 2,007 on­line in­ter­views with adults.

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