A NEW study has found that Chester is among the happiest cities to work and live in the whole of the UK - but you'll need a salary of £30K to be satisfied!

The study by Raisin UK has revealed the cost of happiness across the country and the world.

According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) the score of happiness in the UK is 7.3/10 meaning people living in Britain are overall quite satisfied with life.

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Does money buy happiness in the UK?

The data answers a life long question, does money buy happiness? The answer seems to be that yes it does.

The savings expert analysed data from ONS personal well-being reports and the Happy Planet Index to reveal the cities in the UK where money can buy you happiness and how much you need to earn to buy that happiness.

They then analysed the same factors across the world to discover the happiest country and the amount of money needed to be happy there.

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Chester is just outside the top ten

Based on the research, Chester is among the happiest cities in the UK.

Chester had one of the highest happiness ratings of the entire ranking which, combined with a life expectancy of 81.5 years meant it scored highly in the ranking.

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Chester is one of the happiest places in the UK according to the study

The average salary for people living and working in Chester, or in this case the cost of happiness, is £30,557 which is a little higher than the average UK salary.

The study suggests we need to earn a minimum of £33,864 to be truly happy in the UK.

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Does money buy happiness around the globe?

The average salary of the top 10 happiest cities in the UK is £33,864, suggesting that people in the UK are happiest if they are earning over £30k compared to the lower salaries of unhappy cities. This is just over the UK average salary of £29K. However, this cost is much higher in the happiest cities in the ranking, Winchester (£35,346 needed) and Cambridge (£33,225 needed to buy happiness).

Raisin UK says that careers that earn this average salary include electricians, lorry drivers and opticians.