Thriving Places Index

The Thriving Places Index is a new way to look at the strengths and challenges of the place where you live. It shows whether the conditions are in place for people to thrive – in a fair and sustainable way. Click here to see the full Thriving Places Index website. 

Created by Happy City, the Thriving Places Index is designed to provide a robust reporting framework that shows the conditions for wellbeing at a local level. It radically challenges the current paradigm that defines progress by purely economic and financial means.

Instead of focusing on just growing consumption and wealth for a few, the Thriving Places Index focuses on all the things that help people and places to do well. Go to to see the latest scores.

The Thriving Places Index consists of a broad set of indicators from datasets produced by established national data agencies such as the Office for National Statistics, Public Health England and the Index of Multiple Deprivation. It is the most comprehensive guide to local wellbeing economics available worldwide.

The Thriving Places Index is divided into three headline elements: Local Conditions, Sustainability and Equality. Local conditions comprises the drivers of wellbeing – the things that we know have an influence on an individual’s subjective wellbeing. This includes, for example, good physical and mental health, a good job, access to green space, affordable and good quality housing, and educational opportunities.

A diagram of the Thriving Places Index framework

We select indicators that we know measure, or provide a proxy for, something that is known to influence on wellbeing. The indicator data topic must also be something that it is within the remit of a local authority to influence through policy and action.

They are brought together into a framework that paints a clear picture of the local conditions in all 373 local authority areas of England and Wales, and shows whether those conditions are being delivered equitably and sustainably.