Happiest USA states... Are you happy?

  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Dec 18, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    Where are you... and do you agree?

    Here are the 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) in order of their well-being:

    1. Louisiana
    2. Hawaii
    3. Florida
    4. Tennessee
    5. Arizona
    6. Mississippi
    7. Montana
    8. South Carolina
    9. Alabama
    10. Maine
    11. Alaska
    12. North Carolina
    13. Wyoming
    14. Idaho
    15. South Dakota
    16. Texas
    17. Arkansas
    18. Vermont
    19. Georgia
    20. Oklahoma
    21. Colorado
    22. Delaware
    23. Utah
    24. New Mexico
    25. North Dakota
    26. Minnesota
    27. New Hampshire
    28. Virginia
    29. Wisconsin
    30. Oregon
    31. Iowa
    32. Kansas
    33. Nebraska
    34. West Virginia
    35. Kentucky
    36. Washington
    37. District of Columbia
    38. Missouri
    39. Nevada
    40. Maryland
    41. Pennsylvania
    42. Rhode Island
    43. Massachusetts
    44. Ohio
    45. Illinois
    46. California
    47. Indiana
    48. Michigan
    49. New Jersey
    50. Connecticut
    51. New York

    -livescience,com

  • Dec 18, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    I'm in NC, and I'm always happy!
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    Dec 18, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    yes, very happy.
  • JP85257

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    Dec 18, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    Im good. Im pretty happy. I just wonder how ANYONE that lives in Louisiana could be happy? That entire state is a moist dump.
  • vindog

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    Dec 18, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidIm good. Im pretty happy. I just wonder how ANYONE that lives in Louisiana could be happy? That entire state is a moist dump.



    If you're just fat and stay inside, you don't notice the moistness. I guess fat n happy rings true there.


    Another po'boy, please!

    j/k


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    Dec 18, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    I'm in Louisiana, but my kids are in NYC, where I lived and raised them for the last 25 years, so I go back and forth a lot. So that means I lived in the happiest and least happy states icon_rolleyes.gif
    Louisiana is far from perfect and far too conservative for my taste, but I am here to work, and it's a good opportunity to save money in what has remained an active, healthy economy.
    What I would like to say on behalf oh my home state is that in the face of horrendous disasters we have rolled up our shirtsleeves and gotten back to the business of rebuilding our homes and our lives. I was in New Orleans last weekend and it is still quite painful to see the slow progress there, but there is progress.
    I don't know what the criteria for this list could be, but I wouldn't take it seriously. People are really happy in NY too, I know I was.


  • metta

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    Dec 18, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    Where did you get that list?

    Louisiana actually came in 40th place.

    http://www.livescience.com/culture/091110-fifty-happy-states.html



    The States with the happiest couples are the states that have legalized gay marriage....well....they have the lowest divorce rates....anyways. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 18, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    I am happy, but I choose to be.
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    Dec 18, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    Hmm, well I guess Louisiana makes sense.

    Slow pace of life, work is always available. Bourbon Street Partying!

    Hawaii makes sense.

    Florida, eh, it gets old but maybe its because I don't get to the beach often. If I lived in Miami Beach I would be happy all the time! For some reason, Florida has a ton of crazies.

    New York, hmmm, well it seems everyone around me is miserable there while I am the happiest one in the subway, lol.

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    Dec 18, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    The OP is better than my local paper which listed "The Happiest States By Order of Well Being" then proceeded to list all 51 states. icon_rolleyes.gif
    I know DC has been wanting statehood for some time now, but didn't know they had gotten it. icon_wink.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 18, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    I believe this list is rather accurate. Michigan and Ohio.....both very depressed states it seems.
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    Dec 18, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    WHAT THE FUCK!?
    WHY THE FUCK IS CALIFORNIA IN THE BOTTOM!?! THAT'S FUCKING BULLSHIT, THAT'S WHAT THAT IS!
    AND WHY THE FUCK ARE THERE 51 FUCKIN' STATES?
    pfft.
  • metta

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    Dec 18, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    play_dead saidWHAT THE FUCK!?
    WHY THE FUCK IS CALIFORNIA IN THE BOTTOM!?! THAT'S FUCKING BULLSHIT, THAT'S WHAT THAT IS!
    AND WHY THE FUCK ARE THERE 51 FUCKIN' STATES?
    pfft.



    It is not. Please see my post above. I have no idea where the OP got that list from but that link I gave gives the list the the source he mentions.
  • nv7_

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    Dec 18, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidIm good. Im pretty happy. I just wonder how ANYONE that lives in Louisiana could be happy? That entire state is a moist dump.


    That sounds like such a happy statement... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 18, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    It's a pretty damn invalid list, anyway, because the difference between the most happy and least happy states is eight percentage points.

    pfftt

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    Dec 18, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    metta8 said

    It is not. Please see my post above. I have no idea where the OP got that list from but that link I gave gives the list the the source he mentions.

    I was just ranting/jesting. icon_biggrin.gif
    But yes, his is completely different from yours. Odd right?
  • JHunter

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    Dec 18, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Well being from Pennsylvania I can see why some people could be depressed here but I am of the firm philosophy that if you surround yourself with good people you can be happy anywhere. You have to make your own happiness. I'm very happy in PA, well most of the time that is and the mountains and fall are beautiful.
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    Dec 18, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    center saidI am happy, but I choose to be.
    This.
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    Dec 18, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    metta8 saidWhere did you get that list?

    Louisiana actually came in 40th place.

    http://www.livescience.com/culture/091110-fifty-happy-states.html



    The States with the happiest couples are the states that have legalized gay marriage....well....they have the lowest divorce rates....anyways. icon_biggrin.gif


    Looks like the AP sent differing lists to differing areas of the country. In my paper, Lousiana is listed #1. And the AP website says this:

    Turns out, sunshine states really are happiest

    By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    AP Science Writer


    WASHINGTON (AP) -- People in sunny, outdoorsy states - Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida - say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine.

    The places where people are most likely to report happiness also tend to rate high on studies comparing things like climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.

    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 Friday's edition of the journal Science found the happiest people tend to live in the states that do well in quality-of-life studies.

    Yet Oswald says "this is the first objective validation of 'happiness' data," which is something he says economists have been reluctant to use in the past.

    "Very loosely, you could say that we prove that happiness data are 'true,' - such data have genuine objective informational content," he said.

    "Moreover," Oswald added, "it is interesting to uncover the pattern of life-satisfaction across one of the world's important nations."

    Ranking No. 1 in happiness was Louisiana, home of Dixieland music and Cajun/Creole cooking.

    Oswald urged a bit of caution in that ranking, however, noting that part of the happiness survey occurred before Hurricane Katrina struck the state, and part of it took place later. Nevertheless, he said, "We have no explicit reason to think there is a problem" with the ranking.

    Rounding out the happy five were Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona.

    At the other end of the scale, last in happiness - is New York state.

    As if to illustrate the problem, residents attending a meeting Wednesday in rural Queensbury unleashed their anger and cynicism at a state government they described as corrupt, self-dealing and too quick to increase taxes. It was a tirade that had one lifelong resident saying he was ready to flee "this stinkin' state."

    Oswald suggested the long commutes, congestion and high prices around New York City account for some of the unhappiness.

    He said he has been asked if the researchers expected that states like New York and California, which ranked 46th, would do so badly in the happiness ranking.

    "I am only a little surprised," he said. "Many people think these states would be marvelous places to live in. The problem is that if too many individuals think that way, they move into those states, and the resulting congestion and house prices make it a non-fulfilling prophecy."

    Besides being interesting, the state-by-state pattern has scientific value, Oswald explained.

    "We wanted to study whether people's feelings of satisfaction with their own lives are reliable, that is, whether they match up to reality - of sunshine hours, congestion, air quality, etceteras - in their own state. And they do match."
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 18, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    Well I definitely have SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the only thing that helps is sun or possibly a tanning booth. I love being outside too, and hate the cold winter....ugh.
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    Dec 18, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    yes i am happy icon_biggrin.gif
  • DrobUA

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    Dec 18, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    Yea I guess Az is a pretty happy place... I'd think Cali would be higher up there.
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    Dec 18, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidIm good. Im pretty happy. I just wonder how ANYONE that lives in Louisiana could be happy? That entire state is a moist dump.

    At least we don't look like prunes from no humidity at all. Please stay in your state, enjoy your bland food and "enticing" nightlife. I am sure it is truly exciting to watch cacti grow.
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    Dec 18, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    Oh gosh... I sense another thread about to jump the shark.

  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Dec 18, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
    did anyone even read the top ...BEFORE the list?!?!?!?

    "Here are the 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) in order of their well-being:"

    the list was made with District of Columbia



    people... tsk tsk