Mayo, the happiest electorate in Australia

There must be something uplifting about Mayo, the Adelaide Hills-based seat which a new study has found to be the happiest electorate of all.

Jun 06, 2016, updated Jun 06, 2016
Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills - perhaps one explanation for why the region hosts the happiest electorate in Australia.

Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills - perhaps one explanation for why the region hosts the happiest electorate in Australia.


The Personal Wellbeing Index, based on information from 154 Mayo residents, places it number one of 150 electorates.

Residents of Australian’s federal electorates – more than 100 from each and a total of more than 24,000 – were polled on how satisfied they were with their standard of living, health, relationships, achievements in life, safety, community connections and future security.

That was turned into a Personal Wellbeing Index, with Mayo topping the tally with 79.49 out of 100.

However, Mayo voters aren’t so content with their lot that they aren’t contemplating giving their Liberal MP Jamie Briggs the boot in favour of the Nick Xenophon Team candidate, according to latest polling.

Where one electorate is on top, there must one on the bottom and that’s the inner-western Sydney seat of Blaxland held by Labor’s Jason Clare. It scored 71.23 on the wellbeing index.

The average of all electorates was 75.37.

Eight of the top 10 happiest seats are Coalition-held, with one held by Labor and the other by Bob Katter.

Of the 10 least happy electorates, seven are held by Labor and three by the Coalition.

The Wellbeing Index study by the Deakin University Australian Centre on Quality of LIfe was first conducted in 2001 with most recent work this year. The electorate study is a 10-year average of these results.
Top 10 electorates with the highest Personal Wellbeing Index

Mayo, SA, PWI 79.49.

Murray, Victoria, PWI 79.16.

Mallee, Victoria, 79.06.

Gilmore, NSW, PWI 78.92.

Maranoa, Qld, PWI 78.82.

Franklin, Tasmania, PWI 78.78.

Mitchell, NSW, PWI 78.53.

Kennedy Qld, PWI 78.41.

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O’Connor, WA, PWI 78.33.

Berowra, NSW PWI 78.31.
Bottom 10 electorates with lowest Personal Wellbeing Index

Blaxland, NSW, PWI 71.23.

Holt, Victoria, PWI 71.38.

Cowan, WA, PWI 71.48.

Chifley, NSW, PWI 71.57.

McMahon, NSW PWI 71.87.

Werriwa, NSW, PWI 72

Moncrieff, Qld, PWI 72.03.

Calwell, Victoria, PWI 72.63.

Hinkler, Qld, PWI 72.67.

Scullin, Victoria, PWI 72.9.

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