An Essex town has been revealed to be one of the least stressful places to live across England according to a residential rehab provider. Rochford in south Essex was named among the top ten least stressful places to live.
The Abbey Care Foundation analysed seven metrics that could contribute to the levels of stress across the country, varying from the percentage of smokers, median weekly pay and average hours worked per week. The metrics were specifically chosen due to the impact they can have on a person's wellbeing and stress levels.
Each factor was given a score which was then added up to give a total score on the stress index. The lower the score the less stressed an area is.
Surrey Heath came out as the least stressed place in England (68 stress index) as they had one of the highest median weekly wages in England, as well as high levels of satisfaction and low anxiety levels. Rochford in Essex sits fourth in the standings with a median weekly wage of £633 being earned by its residents.
The top ten least stressful places to live in England according to the Abbey Care Foundation are: Surrey Heath (68), Lichfield (70.1), Dartford (71.2), Rochford (72), St Albans (72.1), Sevenoaks (72.2), Tandridge (72.4), Warwick (72.7), Waverly (72.8), Basingstoke and Deane (73).
Rochford's status in the top ten is not just limited to this latest research. A polling of people by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found Rochford to be the happiest place to live in Essex and the 12th happiest across the uk. Colchester, meanwhile, was the unhappiest place to live in the UK
Source: Essex Live