Female Pensioners in the Highlands Named ‘Happiest People in Scotland’

June 10, 2015

Women who live in the Highlands and are aged over 65 have been found to be the happiest people in Scotland.

A poll carried out by the Bank of Scotland created a so-called Happiness Index, which ranks Scottish women as being notably happier on average than their male counterparts.

The Highlands ranked top among the various regions of Scotland for happiness levels, with 39 per cent of people living in the area able to describe themselves as being “very happy” with their lives.

Dundee and its surrounding areas came in second among the regions in terms of average happiness levels, while Mid-Scotland was ranked third in that list.

Interestingly, the Bank of Scotland research suggests that life gets better as Scottish men and women get older, with people aged between 18 and 24 generally found to be among the unhappiest with their lot around the country.

By contrast, more mature Scots were typically the happiest, with over 65s scoring highest on the Happiness Index and those aged 55 or over not far behind.

Part of the Bank of Scotland’s explanation for its findings is that more people aged over 65 are able to move to their favourite parts of Scotland in order to make the most of their retirements.

Also, the bank suggests that the Highlands could be home to Scotland’s happiest people in part because it has such incredible and agreeable scenery.

“It’s fair to say that as a nation, Scots are a happy lot with a happiness score of +39.02,” said Robin Bulloch, managing director of the Bank of Scotland’s Community Bank.

“However, the happiest people in Scotland are women aged 65 or over who live in the Highlands – understandable when you are enjoying retirement in such a beautiful part of Scotland.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the bank’s research also found that people with higher personal incomes tend to be happier than their peers who earn at lower levels on an annual basis.

Although, only two-fifths of Scots who earn in excess of £60,000 per annum were willing to describe themselves as being “very happy” with their lives, according to the figures.

John Baird

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