Statistics and Indicators

Life satisfaction, age groups


    Average life satisfaction score, adult age groups, ACT General Health Survey, 2019 - 2021

    Respondents to the ACT General Health Survey aged 18 years and over were asked to rate how satisfied they are with their life as a whole using a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is completely dissatisfied and 10 is completely satisfied. 

    In 2021, the average satisfaction with life scale score for those aged 18 to 24 years was 7.1 which was significantly lower than 7.7 for those aged 25 to 44 years and 7.9 for those aged 65 years and over.

    For the purpose of reporting the ACT General Health Survey data on HealthStats, if the 95% confidence intervals of the estimates do not overlap, they are considered to be significantly different. 

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Persons includes male, female, other and refused sex respondents and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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