Australia consistently ranks highly on global indexes for quality of life and is proud to be a multicultural society that welcomes people from all backgrounds. In terms of healthcare, education, economic freedom, a low crime rate and a high standard of living, Australia is considered a great place to raise a family or build a career. With a thriving arts and culture scene, it is easy to feel at home in Australia, no matter where you are from.

The GALLUP WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT FOR 2024 was released two days ago, and Australians ranked overall 10th globally as the happiest country in the world. Most often, the happiest countries tend to have small populations under 15 million people, but at 26 million people, Australia could be considered a large country, that still rates in the top 10.

Why the happiest?

The Report was based on self-reporting by citizens and showed similar trends amongst happier countries. Some are very obvious –levels of gender equality, a level of trust in institutions and fellow citizens and low corruption, free education and universal healthcare. Those countries suffering war and revolution like Afghanistan clearly will rate as very unhappy.

Australia’s economy is solid and stable, with opportunities for growth in various industries, including healthcare, finance, and technology, with a low unemployment rate and high wages. Australia’s geographical area is twice that of India, and its population is half of what India has. Residents and visitors agree Australia has incredible natural beauty;  iconic beaches, forests, oceans, lakes, mountains to the stunning outback.

Who are the happiest Australians?

It seems the happiest Australians are aged over 60 years. Australians under 30 years ranked 19th in global happiness. Australia’s young are still far happier than most of the young people in the world but in common with New Zealand, the US and Canada, the concerns were rising social media use, income inequalities, the housing crisis, and fears about climate change.

As Australia’s population has grown, housing densities have had to rise, changing the types of homes that people are used to, but Australia’s young are still a lot happier than most other countries.

The happiest suburbs?

It stands to reason that the happiest suburbs are those that contain people aged 60 plus. Most are in regional towns or close to the water. However, Brisbane has two, despite being a capital city. Most Australians are happy with their surroundings as nature is always so close, with easy access to walking tracks, parks, hiking, surfing, and skiing.

Not so happy?

Even in a lucky and happy country, personal and business issues that take your energy and rob you of sleep will naturally occur.  From Family law concerns to commercial law services, migration law, conveyancing and property needs; personal injury incidents, and Will and Estate planning.

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