PERTH and Sydney residents are the least cheeriest city dwellers in Australia, a new happiness index has revealed.
The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index launched on Monday reveals people in relationships in wealthy households are among the happiest in Australian society.
The wellbeing report found those earning over $150,000 and also in relationships, were most likely to be the highest scorers when it comes to wellbeing. The lowest scorers were likely to have very low incomes, be unemployed and lived alone or as single parents.
The survey of 2,000 Australians measured an individual’s wellbeing in eight areas, including health, relationships and standard of living.
The highest scoring individual demographic were people over 76-years-old with a household income between $61,000-$90,000. At the other end of the scale, unemployed men earning less than $15,000 recorded the lowest wellbeing score.
But money doesn’t always buy happiness, with the electorate of Wide Bay in south-east Queensland recording the highest wellbeing score in the country – despite having one of the lowest average household incomes.
Women on the whole, are more satisfied with their lives than men.
People who live with their partner are happier, especially married couples.
People who volunteer generally report higher levels of happiness.
Happiness generally increases proportionately with income, but only up to a household income of around $100,000, where it begins to plateau.
Melbourne and Brisbane had the highest wellbeing of Australia’s capital cities, with Perth and Sydney lagging well behind.
Four out of the six highest achieving groups in the survey had incomes of more than $150,000.
85 per cent of those in the highest achieving groups were in relationships.
The majority of those in low achieving groups in the survey had incomes of less than $15,000, and were often divorced or separated.
Only 18 per cent of the low achieving groups live with their partner.