Colchester is the UNHAPPIEST place in Britain with Redditch, Norwich, Tunbridge Wells and Lambeth trailing behind, new ONS data reveals… so where does YOUR area rank in the UK’s misery league?

  • Do you live in one of the UK’s unhappiest places? Find out using the map below
  • Colchester has been revealed as the unhappiest place in Britain, says ONS data
  • In Norwich, people reported feeling the most anxious of all UK local authorities

A new survey has revealed the UK’s unhappiest places, marking on the map the locations where Brits are statistically the most fed up as Colchester, Redditch, Norwich, Tunbridge Wells and Lambeth.

Colchester came bottom of the list of happy places in the country, according to the most recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Often known as Britain’s first city, Colchester was given the status of a Roman Colonia long before the foundations of London were built.

But fast-forwarding to 2021 and 2022, people said they are generally not satisfied with life in the Essex city, with fewer residents reporting that they think things done in life are worthwhile than ever.

Britain’s five least-happy places are ranked, with Colchester, Redditch, Norwich, Tunbridge Wells and Lambeth named by the Office of National Statistics as the most gloomy

With an average happiness score of 6.8 out of ten, the city is down in the dumps compared to neighbouring Babergh at 7.8 and Briantree at 7.7.

Second from the bottom was Redditch, in north-east Worcestershire, famous for its Needles Nuseum.

Around 15 miles south of Birmingham, Redditch was the only place to come in the bottom five for happiness, life satisfaction, and considering things done in life as worthwhile.

Further south, Norwich reported being the third-most unhappy in the country.

The cobble-stoned city with its historic castle, the city is a hub of literary activity, with actors and writers such as The Crown star Olivia Colman and His Dark Materials Author Philip Pullman call it their home.

A sunset in Colchester is shown. Colchester came bottom of the list of happy places in the country, according to the most recent data from the Office of National Statistics

Unicorn Hill in Redditch town centre, Worcestershire, is pictured. Redditch was the only place to come in the bottom five for happiness, life satisfaction, and considering things done in life as worthwhile

People living in Norwich also reported feeling the highest level of anxiety in the country.

Coming to Tunbridge Wells, the Kentish town was famous for its High Rocks that became a popular bathing resort during the Restoration.

But the town’s historic association with spas doesn’t seem to have improved the spirits of residents of the past few years.

The former Opera House in the town is now a Weatherspoon pub, complete with brass railings and grand chandeliers.

Tombland street in Norwich is pictured. People living in Norwich, the country’s third unhappiest place in the UK, also reported feeling the highest level of anxiety in the country

Entrance to The Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells, fourth from the bottom on the ONS’ list of unhappy locations in the UK. The former Opera House in the town is now a Weatherspoons pub, complete with brass railings and grand chandeliers

Lambeth, a borough in South London, was the fifth least unhappy place in Britain.

The borough had a famous stand off with Margaret Thatcher in 1979 under labour, with Edward ‘Red Ted’ knight protested by refusing to propose budgets.

After the stand off, Thatcher ordered 32 councillors to repay interest lost due to budgeting delays and disqualified them from office for five years.

In 2021, an independent inquiry found that local council staff did little to help more than 700 children in south London care homes suffering cruelty and sexual abuse between the 1960s and the 1990s.

Data was unavailable for Oadby and Wigston, Gravesham, the Orkney Islands and the City of London.

Lambeth, a borough in South London, was the fifth least unhappy place in Britain

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