People in North Devon have some of the highest levels of life satisfaction in the UK, according to a new survey.

And in Torridge people are happier than they were a year ago, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The annual ONS survey, which covers the 12 months to the end of March, asked people aged 16 and over across the UK to rate four areas of their personal well-being.

Three of the areas - their happiness, life satisfaction and sense of the things they do in life being worthwhile - are ranked on a scale from zero to ten with ten being the highest.

The average life satisfaction score for respondents in North Devon was 8.13, one of the highest scores in the UK.

And in Torridge the average score was 7.56, which was also above the national average of 7.52.

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Overall, 87 per cent of people in North Devon and 72 per cent in Torridge ranked their life satisfaction between seven and 10, meaning either high or very high, compared to 82.1 per cent in the UK.

According to ONS research, people’s views about their health, employment, and relationship status are the factors most likely to impact how they rate their personal well-being.

Bad health was the most significant factor associated with reports of poor well-being, followed by being economically inactive with a long-term illness or disability.

Silvia Manclossi, head of the quality of life team at the ONS said: “An important part of our work is looking beyond the economic health of the country to how its people are faring and inequalities in society.

“Today, for the first time, we have identified how factors such as health, access to services and crime levels may affect how people rate their well-being in different parts of the UK.

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“This can help local authorities and other organisations to better understand where services could be targeted to help improve the well-being of people in their area.”

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A fourth question in the survey asks respondents to rank how anxious they felt on the previous day, with zero being ‘not at all anxious’ and ten being ‘completely anxious’.

The population in North Devon appears to have become more stressed over the last year, with anxiety levels creeping up to 2.55 - although this is still below the UK average.

In Torridge, anxiety levels have fallen to 2.74 this year compared to the national average of 2.89.

The single happiest place in the UK however was Rushmoor in Hampshire, with a score of 8.35.