Press Release 06/06/2019
SURVEY ON PERSONAL WELL-BEING 2018
The overall satisfaction with life of the Basque population stood at 7.5 in 2018, with no noticeable differences between men and women
Health status was a factor that had an influence on the perception of well-being among the population
The population of the Basque Country scored 7.5 for satisfaction with life in general in 2018 on a scale of zero to ten, according to Eustat data. This score has improved four tenths since 2014, when it was 7.1.
This data is provided in the Survey on Personal Well-Being, which provides detailed information on the perception of well-being among the population, through a series of questions that primarily measure aspects concerning quality of life aside from the material dimension.
The highest score (8.1) was found among people who reported having very good health, and the lowest (5.6) among those who considered themselves to be in poor or very poor health.
This indicator not only produced lower scores the poorer people's health was, but also the older they were, going from 8.0 among young people aged 16 to 24, to 7.3 among people aged 65 or older.
As regards the type of family, the best scores are for couples, both with and without children (7.6 and 7.5 respectively), compared to 7.3 for single-member families or single fathers/mothers with a child.
No differences appeared between men and women, whereas in terms of the level of education, the best results came from people who received higher education (7.8), compared to those with no education (6.9).
As for the relationship with activity, unemployed people gave one of the lowest scores (7.0).
Another factor that influences this indicator is disability; individuals without a disability were most satisfied with life (7.6), compared to those who have some form of disability (6.8).
The Value of Life indicator received the highest score, 8
The value of one's own life, or the view that life is worthwhile, reached an average score of 8, five tenths more than in 2014, with 69.9% rating it as “high” compared to 2.5% of the population who considered it to be “low”.
A slightly higher score was found among women (8.1) than men (7.9). At a provincial level it was the residents of Álava (7.9) who scored the lowest, taking into account that there were scarcely any differences, as residents of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa rated their lives as 8.0 and 8.1, respectively.
In terms of the relationship with activity, employed people valued their life more (8.1), compared to unemployed people (7.8) and inactive people (7.9).
This indicator produced higher scores (8.4) among people who reported having very good health, and the lowest (6.5) among those who had poor or very poor health.
Personal relationships were the second highest rated aspect (7.6)
The evaluation of personal relationships decreased as people got older. In the same way as the previous indicator, it achieved its highest score (7.7) among people who reported having very good health and its lowest (6.9) among those who considered themselves to be in poor or very poor health.
Unemployed people (7.4) had worse personal relationships than those in employment (7.6) or inactive people (7.5), whilst there were no significant differences between men and women, or by province of residence.
As for place of birth, the lowest score was from the group of people born abroad (7.4).
Satisfaction with housing and surroundings was high across practically all the groups
For the Satisfaction with housing and surroundings indicator (7.2), the best results (7.4) came from young people aged 16 to 24, and people born in Álava or abroad. Men (7.3) were more satisfied than women (7.1).
As regards the type of family, couples with a child were the only group to exceed the average (7.3).
Finally, the score for this indicator decreased as perceived health decreased, reaching its lowest (6.7) among people whose health was poor or very poor.
State of mind depended directly on perceived health
The state of mind indicator, the average of which for the total population was 6.5 (the same as in 2014), received a lower score among people with poor or very poor health (4.9) and a higher score among those who reported their health to be very good (7.0).
This indicator improved the higher the level of education; individuals with higher education studies exceeded the average (6.6).
At provincial level, people resident in Álava (6.4) had the lowest score, as opposed to residents of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, whose average scores reached 6.5 in both cases. In terms of place of birth, those born abroad (6.4), had a less positive state of mind.
This indicator obtained a higher score among men (6.7) than women (6.3) and, with regards to ages, people aged 50 to 64 felt the worst, with a score of 6.3.
Elderly people were the ones most satisfied with their leisure time
With an average Satisfaction with leisure time of 6.6, people aged 65 and over gave the highest score (7.6) whilst those aged 35 to 49 gave the lowest (5.8). Inactive people also gave a good score (7.4), the opposite of what occurred for those in work (6.0).
Men (6.7) were slightly more satisfied than women (6.5), and this was also the case for people born in other Autonomous Regions (7.1), compared to those born in the Basque Country or abroad, whose scores were below the average.
As regards the type of family, the worst score (6.2) is among couples with a child, compared to 7.2 for couples without children.
Satisfaction with the household economy improved 0.5 points compared to 2014
The indicator Satisfaction with the household economy (6.9) increased as perceived health increased, varying from 6 among people with poor or very poor health to 7.4 for those who considered themselves to be in very good health.
Residents of Álava and Gipuzkoa were more satisfied (7 in both cases) than residents of Bizkaia (6.8), and those born in Álava and Gipuzkoa (7.1 in both cases) were more satisfied than those born in Bizkaia (6.9) and, above all, those born abroad (6.6).
As for age, it was observed, curiously, that the group of young people aged 16 to 24 were the most satisfied (7.4), and according to the type of family, it was couples, both with and without children (7.1 and 7, respectively).
One of the highest figures (7.3) came from people who received higher education, and in terms of disability, those without a disability were more satisfied (7) than people with some form of disability (6.3).
Trust in people is very influenced by place of birth and level of education
The Trust in people indicator (6.5) achieved its highest score (6.8) among those who had a higher education, whereas the lowest (6) was among those who were born abroad.
Trust was "high" for 29.9% of the population, whilst it was "low" for 9.7%.
Women (6.6) had slightly more trust than men (6.4), and people resident in Gipuzkoa (6.7) had more trust than those in Álava and Bizkaia (6.4).
Trust in the public authorities obtained the lowest result (4), although it improved 0.6 points compared to 2014
Only 3.4% of the population trusts the public authorities "a lot", compared with 57.6% who have "little" trust in them. It is the only indicator with an average below the "pass level".
In all the population groups the public authorities failed, except in people born abroad, which achieved the highest score (5.1).
Trust among women (4) was slightly higher than among men (3.9) and, in terms of age, people aged 16 to 24 and those aged over 65 (4.1 in both cases) were the age groups who had the most trust in the political and legal systems and the police.
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