Wellbeing mapper

Measure

Tip: see below for explanation
Zoom level
Find County

The data on this map illustrate how people rate their subjective well-being. For each county and unitary authority, the data are available from the Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey (APS). Below county level, the likely degree of variation in wellbeing between neighbourhoods is modelled from the APS using ACORN.

Unitary/County data

The maps illustrate how people rate their subjective well-being. For each county and unitary authority, the wellbeing data is available from the Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey (APS).

LSOA data

The wellbeing data presented in the LSOA level maps is modelled, using the Acorn geodemographic segmentation from CACI and data from APS. A fuller description of the methodology used is available here.

Questions

Respondents to the ONS Annual Population Survey 2011-2012 were asked to rate their wellbeing on a scale from 0 to 10 where 0 is 'not at all' and 10 is 'completely' through the following questions.

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  • Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? (Note that the DCLG has chosen to omit Anxiety data from these maps)

Average Scores

The average scores are the mean ratings for the area. For Counties, this is given by respondents to the ONS Annual Population Survey 2011-2012 living in the area. For LSOAs, these are the expected mean ratings for the area. These are estimated through geo-demographic analysis of the ONS Annual Population Survey and CACI’s ACORN.

Low Wellbeing Percentages

The low-wellbeing percentages indicate what proportion of people rate their wellbeing in the following ranges, corresponding with low wellbeing:

  • Life Satisfaction: 0-6
  • Worthwhile: 0-6
  • Happy: 0-6
  • Anxious: 4-10 (Note that the DCLG has chosen to omit Anxiety data from these maps)

For Counties, this is given by respondents to the ONS Annual Population Survey 2011-2012 living in the area. For LSOAs, these are the percentages of people in the area that are expected to give a ‘low’ rating of their wellbeing. These are estimated through geo-demographic analysis of the ONS Annual Population Survey and CACI’s ACORN.

More Information on the data

For more information on the data, please refer to the full list of wellbeing datasets on this site. Each dataset contains documentation on the data it contains.

Data via APIs from the Wellbeing datasets. ACORN geodemographic segmentation courtesy of CACI.