Research commissioned by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour revealed today that Islington is the worst place to be a woman.
Islington came bottom in a nationwide table of 380 local authorities, taking into account income, housing affordability, personal wellbeing, safety, education, life expectancy and environment.
East Dunbartonshire came out on top, thanks to high scores in education, low pollution, green space and other life quality factors.
But in Islington, often thought of as a desirable place to live, ranked shockingly low scores in wellbeing. It also performed badly on environmental quality, housing affordability and safety.
Residents of Islington reported among the lowest levels of happiness (371st) life satisfaction (372nd) and feelings that their life is worthwhile (379th). They also reported among the highest
levels of anxiety (367th).
It also ranked second to last on environmental quality, with particularly high concentrations of airborn pollutants, nitrous oxide and PM10 particulates. Housing in Islington was among the least affordable in Britain, with the median house priced at over 16 times the local median income.
At 122 reported offences per 1,000 people, Islington was amongst the worst places for crime.
Although it ranked 16th in Great Britain on women’s full-time wages (£16.35 per hour), a large gender wage gap (men’s median income is 17% higher than women’s) bumped the LAs domain ranking to 105th. Islington ranked only 205th in terms of life expectancy, with women’s average life expectancy of 83.
On a brighter note, Islington scored better in access to culture, entertainment and education.
The findings by NatCen Social Research confirm that life for many Islington residents is extremely hard. At St Mary's, we're working with local partners to see how we can continue to respond to these issues. The biblical vision of the Kingdom of God is of a society at peace, with social justice and personal wellbeing. This research shows just how far we have to go in realising our hopes for the parish we love.