Smiling crowds turned out to welcome the Queen in Cowes. Picture by Laura Holme.
HAPPINESS statistics have revealed residents on the Isle of Wight are happier and less anxious than many parts of the UK.
This week the Office of National Statistics published data from the first ever Measuring National Well-being Programme, ahead of a 'state of the nation’ report due in November.
The ONS asked people to rate their happiness on a scale of 0 to ten with 0 being the least positive and ten being the most positive. Scores of between seven and ten were judged as happy.
More than 1,100 Islanders were questioned.
There was a slightly smaller percentage of 'happy' Islanders compared with the south east, however Islanders were happier on average per person than the south east, according to the figures.
When asked: "Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?" the average score given by Islanders was 7.47, compared with 7.35 in the South East and 7.28 per cent for Great Britain. Based on average score alone, that made people on the Island the 27th happiest in the country.
When asked: "Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?" 65.63 per cent of Islanders said they were not anxious, compared with 60 per cent for Great Britain, meaning Islanders were the 6th least anxious people in the country.
They were asked to give a score from 0 to ten, with 0 being not at all anxious. Islanders gave an average response of 2.74.
In terms of satisfaction with life, the Island ranked 48th out of 142 listed areas.
The Island was ranked 21st in the country when asked if people felt the things they did with their life were worthwhile.
Glenn Everett, programme director for Measuring National Well-being Programme, said: "By examining and analysing objective statistics as well as subjective information, a more complete picture of national well-being can be formed.
"Understanding people’s views of well-being is an important addition to existing official statistics and has potential uses in the policy making process and to aid other decision making."