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Happiness levels in Cambridgeshire were dramatically lower during this year lockdown down compared with both last summer and before the pandemic.
Some parts of the county also saw rises in levels of loneliness, which was found to have a strong correlation with low levels of happiness.
Experts also said that a primary cause for the drop in happiness was that people still feel dispirited that we’re still far from ‘normal’.
Cambridge was the least happy place in the county locals rated their happiness the previous day at an average of 6.3 out of 10 between January and March this year.
The city also reported the highest levels of loneliness across Cambridgeshire, with 36 per cent of Cambridge residents saying that they often, always or sometimes felt lonely.
The data is taken from the Office for National Statistics’ Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which helped understand how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting life in Great Britain.
When asked to give a rating between 0 for at all happy and 10 for happy’ back in April to September last year, the average was 8.0.
That rating during the period when restrictions from the first lockdown had been easing was actually an improvement on pre pandemic levels, with people in Cambridge giving an average rating of 7.2 in 2019/20.
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How far did happiness levels drop across Cambridgeshire? Every part of Cambridgeshire saw a drop in happiness levels compared to both last summer and before the pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics figures.
Many parts of the county had seen happiness ratings improve as restrictions eased last year but a winter of rising cases, tiers, firebreaks, and, finally, another lockdown appears to have sent them tumbling.
In the most recent period, Fenland and Huntingdonshire saw the highest levels of happiness locally, at 6.7.
However, even that was down from Fenland’s average of 7.4 out of 10 recorded before the pandemic and 7.6 in April to September last year, and from 7.0 and 7.3 in Huntingdonshire.
The Opinion and Lifestyle Survey also measured the levels of loneliness affecting people during the most recent lockdown.
Read MoreWhile people in Cambridge reported the lowest levels of happiness between January and March, they also reported the highest levels of loneliness in the county, with 36 per cent saying that they often, always or sometimes felt lonely.
Earlier figures, covering the autumn and first part of lockdown from October to February, show levels of loneliness have jumped in Cambridgeshire, up from 33 per cent then.
People in Huntingdonshire were the least likely to report feeling lonely, with 20 per cent of respondents saying to have felt this way.
That was actually an improvement compared to the period between October and February when it was 30 per cent.
What is the national picture like? People in England and Wales rated their happiness the day before at an average of 7.2 out of 10 before the pandemic.
The ONS has been monitoring levels throughout the pandemic, and that score dropped to its lowest point at 6.4 during the first week of lockdown at the end of March last year.