The Happiest States in America

31 Dec

My friend Brittany directed me to an interesting slide-show article on Comcast’s homepage about the happiest people in America and I thought I’d share the list with you.

People in sunny, outdoorsy states — Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida — say they’re the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. The happiness ratings were based on a survey of 1.3 million people across the country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used data collected over four years that included a question asking people how satisfied they are with their lives. Economists Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick in England and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., compared the happiness ranking with studies that rated states on a variety of criteria ranging from availability of public land to commuting time to local taxes. Probably not surprisingly, their report in Science magazine found the happiest people tend to live in the states that do well in quality-of-life studies.

  1. Lousiana
  2. Hawaii
  3. Florida
  4. Tennessee
  5. Arizona

You can check out the rest of the list here.

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3 Responses to “The Happiest States in America”

  1. Britty Stardust December 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    FL was #3? Really? All it has is shitty old people. What the hecky. I’m totally moving to New Orleans… now I just gotta talk Ricky into it!

  2. Whatami December 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Louisiana is number one somehow, eh? 😉

    • Lauren Dickson January 4, 2010 at 10:08 am #

      Is it really sunny there? Because if so, then that’s why!

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