More than 60 percent of Kunming residents consider themselves "happy" or "well-off" according to a new Kunming Daily survey of 1,000 randomly selected people who have lived in Kunming at least three months. The survey also identified some of the biggest obstacles to happiness in the Spring City, with housing conditions topping the list of reasons that people are unhappy.
More than 64 percent of the survey's respondents said they were "okay", "satisfied" or "extremely satisfied" with their lives in Kunming, with men and women reporting similar rates of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the city, the paper said. Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they were happy with their home lives and more than 37 percent said they felt energetic and healthy.
Retirees over the age of 60 reported the highest levels of happiness – a statistic that seems to validate Kunming's emergence as a popular place for wealthy mainland Chinese to buy their retirement homes. On the other side of things, many respondents aged 20 to 29 and 30 to 39 reported that they often suffer from low energy, feelings of stagnation and frustration.