BRITAIN’S most unhappy place has been revealed – with Colchester residents officially the most gloomy in the nation.
The country’s most down in the dumps residents also hailed from regions including Tunbridge Wells and Norwich.
The ranking was revealed by a new survey from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
The data determined the nation’s most glum regions by asking Brits to rate factors including happiness, life satisfaction and anxiety levels out of ten.
And Colchester came out on top, with fewer people reporting they think their lives are worthwhile in the Essex city.
The city came out with an average happiness score of just 6.8 out of ten, compared to a joyful 7.8 registered in neighbouring Babergh.
Following Colchester as the most fed up in the nation is Redditch in north east Worcestershire.
Despite recording a happiness score of 7.8 in 2018/ 2019, the region drastically dropped to 6.8 in the recent data.
And Redditch boasts the gloomy record as the only place in the top five for unhappiness, life satisfaction, and considering things done in life as worthwhile.
Further south, Norwich ranked as the third-most unhappy in the country.
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But residents of the cobble-stoned city also reported feeling the highest level of anxiety of anywhere in the nation.
Despite its historic association with spas, residents of the Kentish town of Tunbridge Wells are among the most morose in the nation.
The borough of Lambeth in South London came in fifth in the study, although data from the ONS survey was unavailable for Oadby and Wigston, Gravesham, the Orkney Islands and the City of London.
Wolverhampton residents slammed a lack of amenities and “dangerous streets” as reasons for their gloomy outlook.
The ONS data found a general increase in anxiety and a reduction in life satisfaction during the Covid pandemic in both men and women.
Feeling that things done in life are worthwhile and happiness also dropped significantly, but rose when lockdown restrictions were lifted.
The study found happiness scores across Britain dropped to some of their lowest during the first week of lockdown at the end of March 2020.