SEOUL, June 16 (Korea Bizwire) — One out of two residents of agricultural communities turned out to feel happy with their current life, with young farmers, among others, having the strongest feeling of happiness, a recent survey revealed.
The Rural Development Administration revealed on Sunday the results of a survey it conducted from Sept. 1 to Oct. 21, 2019 with the participation of 4,000 rural households.
In response to a question asking if they were happy with their current life, 4 percent of respondents said they were very happy, while 46.1 percent said they were kind of happy.
By age group, 71.4 percent of the respondents younger than 30 replied that they were very happy or kind of happy, followed by people in their 40s (64.9 percent), 50s (50 percent), 60s (42.5 percent), and people aged more than 70 (28.2 percent).
The overall happiness score averaged 60.3. The younger the respondents were, the higher the proportion of those who said they were very happy or kind of happy.
The happiness score for those younger than 30 stood at 68.7, followed by people in their 40s (66.8), 50s (60.6), and 60s (57.5).
As for the factor that affects their happiness the most, 41.7 percent of the respondents picked ‘health,’ followed by family (33 percent) and economic stability (16.5 percent).
The survey showed that rural households’ monthly living expenses averaged 1.8 million won (US$1,490), around 460,000 won higher than five years ago.
The monthly living expenses of the agricultural households stood at 1.65 million won, lower than those of non-agricultural rural households (1.85 million won).
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)