When it comes to satisfaction with life, Aussies are among the happiest people in the world! In fact, people who live in Australia score higher than the average for residents of the other member countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In a report released at the end of June 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that Aussies 15 years of age and older rated their overall life satisfaction at 7.6 on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest score. By comparison, on the recent 2015 OECD Better Life Index survey, Australians rated their overall satisfaction with life at 7.3 out of 10, which was higher than the 6.6 overall average life satisfaction score for the OECD countries (which have the world’s most developed economies).
The June 2015 ABS data also noted demographic differences in life satisfaction scores in Australia. For example, older Australians (i.e., over 75 years of age) had the highest perceptions of “happiness” with an average score of 8.1 out of 10, while women in Australia expressed slightly more satisfaction with life (7.7 out of 10) than Aussie men (7.6 out of 10). Younger Australians (15-24 years of age) were predominantly quite satisfied with their lives, scoring an average of 7.6 out of 10 according to the ABS data. Foreign nationals who were recently approved for Australian immigration were among the happiest people living in the “Land Down Under” with an average “life satisfaction” score of 7.7 out of 10. With one of the world’s strongest economies, incredible cities, excellent education system, beautiful beaches and its laidback lifestyle (among other positive attributes), no wonder the majority of Australians are so happy with life!