Wan Chai is happiest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2011, 12:00am


Don't worry; be happy, and to do that, just move to Wan Chai. Residents there are the happiest in the city, according to a survey.

Lingnan University polled more than 8,500 people across 18 districts in June to compile a happiness index.

On a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being the happiest, Wan Chai topped the list with a score of 8.55. Tai Po came in second with 7.69.

Residents in Kwai Tsing are the unhappiest in the city, scoring just 6.83. Wong Tai Sin is little better, at 6.87.

The survey also indicates education is inversely related to happiness. University graduates score an average of 7.11, much lower than those with only primary school education, at 8.59.

The university's Professor Ho Lok-sang attributed the level of happiness in Wan Chai to its residents' wealth.

Kwai Tsing's low score was probably due to it being one of the poorest districts, he said.

Wan Chai resident Kent Ip Tak-kin, 17, says the people there are adaptable and well-off in general. He adds most of them are young and productive.

But Gabriel Yiu Ting-hong, 18, disagrees. 'I don't think Wan Chai is a particularly happy or sad district. You can live in Wan Chai and feel really depressed after a break-up, or feel on top of the world after winning the Mark Six,' he said.

A seven-year Kwai Tsing resident, Celine Lam Lok-sze, 15, says she feels the neighbourhood is cordial.

'Kwai Tsing might be a remote part of Hong Kong, but no one is particularly sad,' she says.