I was sceptical, but I clicked and had a go at the BBC’s Where in Britain would you be happiest? quiz.
I answered questions about how conscientious, neurotic, extrovert, trusting and imaginative I was. But they seemed pretty general and there didn’t seem to be enough of them.
I was thoroughly expecting it to get it horribly wrong and come up with Swindon, Middlesbrough or Scunthorpe.
But the blurb was encouraging.
According to the BBC:
The predictions made in this test are based on research by scientists at the universities of Cambridge and Helsinki. In a collaboration with the BBC, they conducted a survey of the personalities and life satisfaction of over half a million people. They found that certain traits clustered in regions around Britain. For example, people living in metropolitan areas like Manchester or London were very open. High levels of agreeableness were found throughout most of Scotland, and pockets of the Midlands were particularly conscientious.
And my results:
Happiest place for me:
Cambridge (65% happiness)
Interesting. I lived there for five years and was very happy. It’s still one of my favourite places and I occasionally think about moving back.
Unhappiest place for me:
Newham in the East End (54%)
According to the BBC:
Notable neighbourhoods include West Ham and Forest Gate. Residents generally reported higher than average levels of openness, extraversion and neuroticism for Britain. Levels of conscientiousness and agreeableness were lower than average.
Verdict on Hertford, where I live:
Not far behind Cambridge, so that’s OK.
They predicted the best place for me near here would be:
Saffron Walden (62%)
Pretty accurate. I like Saffron Walden a lot. Picturesque town, with Audley End nearby. Not far from Stansted Airport. Geographically half way between Hertford and … Cambridge. Sort of.
Notable residents of Saffron Walden:
The late Hattie Jacques
Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle from Emmerdale)
Well, I’ve met Tom Robinson a few times. And people frequently describe me as a cross between Hattie Jacques, Cain Dingle and Pike from Dad’s Army, so I’d say the quiz is spot on.
Why not have a go yourself? And please tell me where you end up.