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These Are The Happiest And Unhappiest Regions In The US
Business Insider ^ | 07/26/2014 | Andy Kiersz

Posted on 07/26/2014 11:51:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Happiness is not equally distributed across the United States.

A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser, University of British Columbia economics professor Joshua Gottlieb, and Harvard graduate student Oren Ziv tracks how people's self-perceived happiness varies among American cities.

The researchers used data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an extensive survey coordinated by the CDC that tracks health behaviors and risk factors. One of the questions on the survey asks respondents how satisfied they are with their lives, with the four options of "very dissatisfied", "unsatisfied", "satisfied", and "very satisfied". This survey data is frequently viewed as an approximate measure of self-reported well being, or how happy people feel about their lives.

The paper focuses on differences in respondents' self-reported life satisfaction among cities. Using a statistical model controlling for various individual demographic characteristics, like age, gender, race, education, marital status, and parenthood, the authors were able to estimate the impact that location has on respondents' happiness.

The authors found that, after controlling for all the demographic variables, there was still a fairly strong amount of variability between cities.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: happiness; unhappiness

1 posted on 07/26/2014 11:51:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s up with Kentucky?!


2 posted on 07/26/2014 11:55:14 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Happiness around my house. :>}


3 posted on 07/26/2014 11:55:40 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: fwdude

And Indiana?


4 posted on 07/26/2014 11:57:03 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: fwdude

“What’s up with Kentucky?!”

Presence of Mitch McConnell?


5 posted on 07/26/2014 11:57:48 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So...what’s thie mean? If I’m red, blue or green what the hell does it mean? Oh. -6 or -2 ? What?


6 posted on 07/26/2014 12:01:13 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not surprise Louisiana appears to be the happiest state. I’ve lived all over and there is no place like Louisiana. We are all fat and happy here.


7 posted on 07/26/2014 12:01:36 PM PDT by BBell (I'm cynical and sarcastic and therefore I love Ann Coulter)
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To: BBell

RE: I’ve lived all over and there is no place like Louisiana. We are all fat and happy here.

Happy even in the dangerous city of New Orleans?


8 posted on 07/26/2014 12:06:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: Safetgiver

RED = UNHAPPIEST ; BLUE = HAPPIEST


9 posted on 07/26/2014 12:07:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No surprise with Colorado
I loved living there.


10 posted on 07/26/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Safetgiver

To follow up my above response.... It looks like big cities like New York and the Midwest are much less happy than other regions.


11 posted on 07/26/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: Safetgiver

So...what’s this mean? If I’m red, blue or green what the hell does it mean? Oh. -6 or -2 ? What?

see that’s making you unhappy , LOL


12 posted on 07/26/2014 12:10:19 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes. New Orleans is a fun place. It’s just like any big city, be street smart.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 12:13:39 PM PDT by BBell (I'm cynical and sarcastic and therefore I love Ann Coulter)
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To: SeekAndFind
At least it may be a survey of where people actually are happy, and not of places where they are supposed to be happy in the survey-takers opinion. Maybe it has more to do with contentedness that with that elusive thing called true happiness, though.

It looks like people in highly stressed or depressed environments, like Detroit and Long Island, aren't happy. Not really a surprise. Also people who live in cities that are in the orbit of other wealthier places -- people who live in Springfield, MA rather than Connecticut or Vermont, or in Scranton or Buffalo, rather than New York City.

14 posted on 07/26/2014 12:13:58 PM PDT by x
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To: SeekAndFind

So basically liberals are miserable people. How much were they paid for this study?!? I could have told them that for free, but next time I won’t.


15 posted on 07/26/2014 12:18:04 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Noticed that patten too and it reflects my general experience talking with people all over the U.S. for 20 + years experience. The crabbiest people by far I’ve spoken to are from New York, Illinois, and California. Which are all red states,. Most have been in the big cities though. The people in the rural areas out there are a little less hostile in nature.


16 posted on 07/26/2014 12:18:13 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: BBell
The South is fairly happy, as are the mountain states. The area south and east of the Great Lakes is very unhappy, while the west coast is unhappy.
The happiness seems to correlate well with amount of sunshine, which is quite common. I would suspect that this survey was done in the cooler months, when the west coast and the Great-Lake areas get lots of gloomy clouds and rain.
17 posted on 07/26/2014 12:21:21 PM PDT by expat2
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To: SeekAndFind
RED = UNHAPPIEST ; BLUE = HAPPIEST

That tells us who put this all together. good catch.

However, you will notice that the unhappiest states seem to be the liberal states regardless of their little color scheme. The population is leaving the liberal states to move to the conservative states. They don't say that but it is pretty obvious.

18 posted on 07/26/2014 12:21:59 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: BBell
I’m not surprise Louisiana appears to be the happiest state. I’ve lived all over and there is no place like Louisiana. We are all fat and happy here.

As native Louisianian, Phil Robertson would say:

19 posted on 07/26/2014 12:22:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: expat2

RE: The happiness seems to correlate well with amount of sunshine, which is quite common. I would suspect that this survey was done in the cooler months, when the west coast and the Great-Lake areas get lots of gloomy clouds and rain.

Speaking of seasons, climates and weather, this reminds me... the map does not include Alaska and Hawaii and the territories...


20 posted on 07/26/2014 12:24:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My county and the one next to it (both conservative) are the happy ones in Washington State. I’m not all that overjoyed but that’s my problem. Not sure why Idaho isn’t right up there.


21 posted on 07/26/2014 12:32:26 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: fwdude

Exuberant happiness throughout Georgia but the fun all ends at the Georgia state line? I think not.


22 posted on 07/26/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind

It appears as though Colorado is getting a better quality of “happy smoke” than Washington is getting.


23 posted on 07/26/2014 12:35:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The lower third of Michigan I can understand, but the upper two thirds? That’s paradise up there. Sheesh.


24 posted on 07/26/2014 12:36:27 PM PDT by LiberConservative (I took the red pill.)
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To: expat2
The food may have something to do with it. We are always having festivals centered around eating and there is some good food to be had down here.

Louisiana, where the men cook and the women know all about football.

Having lived here 10 and a half years I've noticed when I go up North I find the food rather bland. The McDonalds down here have a spicy McChicken. We were somewhere up north and my son wanted to order one but the Mcdonalds up there did not carry them.

25 posted on 07/26/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT by BBell (I'm cynical and sarcastic and therefore I love Ann Coulter)
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To: BBell

26 posted on 07/26/2014 12:40:17 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: SeekAndFind

Happiness occurs between the ears and nowhere else.


27 posted on 07/26/2014 12:52:05 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder why there are two stripes of happiness, Montana to Arizona and Texas to South Carolina. There does not seem to be much alignment with other demographic maps that I have seen.


28 posted on 07/26/2014 12:55:34 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SeekAndFind

Hahaha I knew before even looking that my home state Indiana would be low - Hoosier goth rules - we may be eeyoreish and glass half empty but we’re also stubborn and don’t let new issues bother us as much - cause what’s a little more bad when your not getting off the bottom anyhow...Lol


29 posted on 07/26/2014 1:04:31 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: taxcontrol
Some people will say the red states are happy and the blue ones unhappy. There may be some deeper reason for that.

Something about being contented with what you have, maybe? Rural vs. urban also plays a role.

But why is Georgia so happy and Alabama less happy? Why are you happy in Nashville and not so happy in the rest of Tennessee?

Why is Louisiana happy and Arkansas not? And does that last one have anything to do with the Clintons?

30 posted on 07/26/2014 1:07:58 PM PDT by x
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To: SeekAndFind

Colorado seems like a very very very happy state. And they have the munchies.


31 posted on 07/26/2014 1:16:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I don’t know if they are going to stay all that happy, considering that teen car accidents are way up.


32 posted on 07/26/2014 1:24:20 PM PDT by Eva
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To: fwdude

Happiness around my house in Arnold, Maryland. The whole state seems happy!


33 posted on 07/26/2014 1:43:22 PM PDT by napscoordinator (I guarantee every FRiend Misses the lost opportunity of a President Santorum!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Colorado seems like a very very very happy state. And they have the munchies."

Mostly big government incomes and many second homes here. Many retired folks and many of them originally from the northeast. The place is extremely regulated against property rights.


34 posted on 07/26/2014 4:13:21 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" - -Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: BBell

Yes, Cajun food is excellent, tho somewhat spicy, as you say. The French influence is one of the main reasons I feel it is so good.


35 posted on 07/26/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT by expat2
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To: expat2

One reason the South is happier may be sweet tea..


36 posted on 07/26/2014 5:44:39 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: SeekAndFind
RED = UNHAPPIEST ; BLUE = HAPPIEST

That is not altogether surprising to me. I used to live near Marin County CA, a bastion of Leftism, a very rich area with plenty of nice restaurants. We would meet the nicest people when we went there.

I'm inclined to think that many Leftists are people who emotionally care about others but fall short of realizing government is not the answer for people but the problem. But personality-wise, they tend to be "people-lovers" (it's hard to understand they're for abortion, but I think they're also in denial).

The Right on the other hand is usually "right" but sometimes I think we're "wrong" about being "right." (ie. uptight and pissed off all the time). Nobody needs that. To me, the Right is "right" because we care about people and want people to be happy and free. It starts with us being happy and free. If we're not, we need to go back to the drawing board because our influence will very limited. If we don't show MORE patience, reliance, and cheer than the other side, they can walk away muttering, "Who needs that, I've got enough problems."

37 posted on 07/26/2014 6:01:09 PM PDT by PapaNew (Freedom always wins the debate in the forum of ideas)
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To: fwdude

Boyd Crowder?


38 posted on 07/26/2014 6:09:36 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: fwdude

What’s up with Kentucky?!
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I was just in rural Kentucky this past week on vacation. seemed like everyone was so fat they could hardly stand.

I expect that means the hospitals there are overcrowded with lifestyle related illnesses.


39 posted on 07/26/2014 8:57:35 PM PDT by ckilmer (q)
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