An interactive map and timeline reveal where people reported being happiest in the Annual Population Survey.

The Office for National Statistics has created an interactive map of the country, broken down by local area and year, which shows people’s “personal well-being”.

Types of personal wellbeing are rated out of 10 on scales of life satisfaction, worthwhile, happiness, and anxiety.

For 2021/22 Watford, Three Rivers, and Hertsmere respondents reported similar levels of happiness, averaging at 7.6 in Hertsmere and Three Rivers and 7.5 in Watford.

Happiness in Watford for the last ten years peaked at 8 between 2017 and 2019 before falling slightly in 2019/20, to 7.8, and then sharply to 6.8 in 2020/21.

During 2020/21 happiness fell in Watford, Hertsmere, and Three Rivers but rose again for 2021/22 in all three areas.

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Averages of personal well-being across the UK have improved for all indicators in the year ending March 2022 but remain below pre-pandemic levels.

Personal well-being measures were reported on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is "not at all" and 10 is "completely".

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