According to the results of the Hong Kong Happiness Index Survey conducted by Lingnan University’s Centre for Public Policy Studies, the Happiness Index for Hong Kong people in 2015 stands at 70.0 (on a scale of 0 to 100), which is slightly lower than last year’s 70.5. Surprisingly, the Happiness Index of people aged below 30 rose from 67.8 to 69.3.
Respondents’ degree of satisfaction with the media rose slightly to 4.89 from last year’s 4.76, albeit still at a low level. Satisfaction with Hong Kong’s public policy is 4.37 (on a scale of 0 to 10), with not much difference from last year’s 4.34. Satisfaction with the living environment dropped noticeably to 5.69 from last year’s 5.95, while that with public healthcare decreased to 6.30 from last year’s 6.49. A rating at 6 or above can be considered as good or better.
The Happiness Index of those with a monthly household income between $10,000 and $20,000 showed a significant rise of 7% from last year’s level to 6.82, while those with income below $10,000 rose by 3%. These increments probably reflect the increase in the statutory minimum wage rate earlier this year. The Happiness Index of those with family income from $20,000 to $30,000 fell by 4.7%.