Civil servants are the happiest: Guangdong happiness index report

2013-07-02 06:17:17 GMT2013-07-02 14:17:17(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Zhang Yujie, Sina English

Guangzhou, the capital city of south China’s Guanagdong Province, ranks sixth in happiness index among cities of the province, according to the 2012 Annual Public Happiness Index Report of Guangdong Province released by the Government Performance Evaluation Center of South China University of Technology (SCUT).

According to the report, the average happiness index in 21 cities of Guangdong Province is 61.94, higher than the figure in 2010 and 2011.

The report shows that people's emotions are most influenced by each individual's income level, followed by education background, gender, hukou, age and profession.

For income level, people with an annual income between 150 thousand and 200 thousand are the happiest; For education background, People with postgraduate degrees are happier than those who have a bachelor degree or below.

As regards profession, civil servants rank the highest in the happiness index, followed by foreign company employees and educators. The unemployed are the least happy, according to the report.

And surprisingly, the report added that men are generally happier than women, a different result than the 2010 index. People aged between 41 and 50 are the happiest, and elderly people aged between 61 and 80 are the unhappiest.

Professor Zheng Fanghui, the director of the evaluation center, also points out that degree of economic development has a strong positive influence on the public happiness index level.

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