Watford has scored the highest happiness rating in Hertfordshire and in all of the East of England region...
This is according to the annual Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, which asked people aged 16 and over across the UK to rate four areas of their personal wellbeing for 2018/19.
The average happiness score for respondents in Watford was 8.02 positioning Watford as the 14th happiest place 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 wellbeing.
People are asked to give their answers on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”. These questions allow people to make an assessment of their life overall, as well as providing an indication of their day-to-day emotions.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “It’s no surprise to me that our town has been rated so highly. Watford is a great place to live with fantastic parks, an incredibly strong sense of community and people who care for one another. We have made it a priority to invest in the things that are important to people like our green spaces, the town centre and local theatres to ensure that this continues to be a place that people love to live in and are proud to call home.”
Watford has recently seen a lot of improvements and investment over the last few years, including the regeneration of Cassiobury Park and the opening of the Cassiobury Hub - which has been visited by over 2million people - the £180million intu extension and major High Street improvements, all designed to give residents improved facilities to enjoy. The council also continues to invest in its Big Events programme, which is a series of outdoor events enjoyed by thousands of people, held in the town centre or Cassiobury Park, and includes exciting events such as the, Big Sports, Big Screen and Cassiobury Fireworks display.