Bexley named happiest London borough according to Twitter users

PUBLISHED: 16:15 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:49 20 January 2016

Young man tweeting on mobile phone

Young man tweeting on mobile phone

Sergey Furtaev

A survey analysed tweets from across the capital between December 15 and January 14

A survey involving Twitter users has revealed that Bexley is the happiest London borough.

The project, commissioned by London’s Somerset House for its Big Bang Data exhibition, and run by data visualisation studio, Tekja, analysed residents’ tweets between December 15 and January 14.

Behind Bexley as the happiest borough were Haringey and Redbridge, while Sutton was revealed as the unhappiest.

The main topics associated with happiness in all 33 boroughs were related to Christmas and the new year, while the unhappiest related to the return of Celebrity Big Brother on our screens, Liverpool Football Club, and the death of cultural icon David Bowie took the third unhappiest spot.

The sentiment of a tweet was determined by running each word of the tweet against a list of 2500 English words rated for valence from -5 (negative) to +5 (positive).

Claire Catterall, director of exhibitions at Somerset House, commented on the findings: “It is interesting that it is the outer boroughs which all take the top spots at both ends of the happiness scale.

“Before we analysed the data, one might have assumed that people would be posting the happiest tweets from the top attractions of London in the centre of the city.

“But with the likes of Bexley and Redbridge, you have the bright lights of London only a few miles away, but also a distinctly countryside feel too with the green open spaces of Epping Forest or Kent’s Garden of England on your doorstep.

“It seems like in order to be truly happy in London, you need to experience the best of both worlds.”

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, said: “I’m very happy living in Bexley and I think this data must be correct because of the fantastic people living here, the facilities and environment which make it a great place to live.”

Mr Evennett also this week takes up his post as acting sports, tourism and heritage minister, with Tracey Crouch on maternity leave.


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