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Understanding differences in life satisfaction between local authority areas

A summary of analysis to understand differences in life satisfaction between local authority areas and inform local actions to improve wellbeing.

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This publication summarises Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) analysis which explores differences between English local authority districts in how residents rate their life satisfaction. It assesses how these differences may be explained by the types of people who live there and attributes of the places themselves. The findings suggest that actions to improve life satisfaction should be tailored to populations with very low and high life satisfaction.

It is supported by a detailed slide pack which sets out the analytical approach and the main findings. DCLG has also produced an interactive wellbeing mapper which predicts wellbeing levels for each neighbourhood in England based on the geo-demographic characteristics of residents. The resulting maps suggest there will be considerable variation in wellbeing within local authority areas.

Published 23 October 2013
Last updated 23 October 2013 + show all updates
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