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Happiness U.S.A.

Louisiana is ranked as the happiest place in the U.S.  Jeanna Bryner, Managing Editor of Live Science, has the list ranking all 50 states plus the District of Columbia (here).  Eight of the top 10 states have warm weather climates, but two of the coldest, Montana (7th) and Maine (10th) also score well.

New York City appears to be the center of the greatest unhappiness as the three states that "share" NYC come in at the bottom of the list.  Looking at the entire ten state northeast region, starting with Maryland and going north and east, seven of the bottom twelve states are found.  Only Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont rank relatively high on the list.  Is that because they border "happy" Canada?
New York State also borders Canada but has more than half its population well distanced from the border.

The data was collected from 1.3 million individual interviews from 2005 to 2008.  The Louisiana data was collected before hurricane Katrina.  It might be speculated that the current happiness of Louisianans could be less.

Obviously, the financial crisis should not have a significant impact on the results because that factor was not widely recognized until late 2008.  The "New York City affect" that I have ascribed to the results, if it is in fact important, transcends the financial crisis.

A previously reported survey (here), going under the banner "Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index", with a smaller sample size (27% of the larger survey) and covering a narrower time span (all data collected in 2008) came to much different conclusions.  In the smaller survey, happiness correlated with the level of wealth and tolerance.  In the Gallup-Healthways survey, some of the low ranked states in the newest survey ended up near the top.
 
Hat tip to RPL.

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