Bristol Hailed As Britain’s Happiest City


With the county’s thriving creative citizens, entrepreneurial nature, and laid-back vibe, it will not come as a surprise for Bristol to be named as the happiest city in Britain.

According to the Office for National Statistics, Bristol had a population of 491,499 in the year 2002. In 2017, the number increased by 16% with a population of 572,563.

Bristol reached the top spot, leaving Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds behind the happiness rating. The county scored 7.3 out of 10 in the happiness rating. It also beat London with a happiness rating of only 6.7.

A lot would expect the capital to be at the bottom of the list of the happiest cities in the UK. However, it was not the capital but Manchester that ended up at the bottom of the list with only 6.6 average happiness rating.

All comparisons aside, you are most probably left with the question, “What does Bristol have that made it earn the top spot?”

According to research, Bristol has more happy people because most citizens would spend their days spending time with friends and family, getting enough rest and relaxation, and eating their favourite foods.

Head of acquisition at, Karina Adrian, said, “It’s great to see that there are so many cheerful people over the country, but it seems like we could all take a lesson from the people of Bristol when it comes to happiness.

“Let’s not forget to treat ourselves, especially in the more gloomy months of the year.”

Although the other counties in Britain did not take the spot, it’s still important to note the news about Bristol getting the top spot as the happiest city in the country and how it got the spot. After all, it never hurts to learn from those that lead the list.

Top 10 Things That Make People Happy

  1. Spending Quality Time with Family (46%)
  2. Going on Holidays (34%)
  3. Eating Favourite Foods (25%)
  4. Socializing with Others (24%)
  5. Relaxing and Getting Peace (23%)
  6. Watching Films and TV Shows (22%)
  7. Getting Enough Sleep (22%)
  8. Shopping (16%)
  9. Reading (15%)
  10. Going Outdoors (14%)