St Helens is the ninth saddest place in UK

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  • St Helens is ranked in top ten in the misery stakes
  • Liverpool comes top in league complied by the Office of National Statistics
  • Council defends borough’s “reasons to be cheerful”
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St Helens is one of the saddest places to live in the UK, according to new figures.

The figures have been released as part of a study by the Office of National Statistics that saw more than 300,000 over three years to rate their happiness on a scale from one to 10, with 0-4 classed as ‘low’ and 9-10 as ‘very high’.

The survey must have caught a few people on a bad day. The scenery might not be quite in the same league as the Western Isles – but we still have plenty to be pleased about

A town hall spokesman

According to the figures, St Helens came in as the ninth saddest place to live in the UK, with an average score of 7.10 out of 10.

Over the three years, 12.14 per cent of the respondents rated their happiness between one and four, 20.53 per cent as five or six, 38.56 per cent as seven to eight and 28.78 per cent as nine or 10.

A council spokesman said: “The survey must have caught a few people on a bad day. The scenery might not be quite in the same league as the Western Isles – but we still have plenty to be pleased about.

“As well as world class rugby league, a pioneering industrial heritage and a buoyant night time economy, St Helens offers competitive house prices, a thriving arts scene and no less than 13 parks entitled to fly the Green Flag awarded by Keep Britain Tidy.

“We have some top visitor attractions too. Every year thousands of people - from the local area and much further afield - visit the World of Glass, The North West Museum of Transport, the Dream sculpture and the Darkstar Laser Arena.”

The top ten saddest places to live is topped by Liverpool with an average score of 6.96, Wolverhampton, North Manchester, Corby and Bradford City take second, third fourth and fifth.

Knowsley came in at eighth, equalling St Helens overall score of 7.10 but with 13.97 per cent given a score of just one to four.

Of the happiest places to live, the top four are in Scotland with three of them island regions, with areas of Cheshire, Hampshire and Lincolnshire all scoring highly.

The Western Isles came top with an overall score of 8.08 closely followed by Orkney on 8.05.

The UK average was 7.38 and the average for the North West was 7.31.