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The State of Happiness

A new study ranks the U.S. states by residents' happiness. From Louisiana (#1) to New York (#51), the happiest people tend to live in sunny, outdoorsy states with strong quality of life measures.

Joining Louisiana among the happiest states are Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. Researchers compared two data sets to find the happiest Americans: a survey of reported feelings of happiness and objective measures like crime rates, climate, availability of open space, and local taxes.

Full Story: CDC: People in sunny states happiest, New York least

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Michael Lewyn's picture
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complete misrepresentation of Oswald's work

I found the original study, available at www.andrewoswald.com .

He writes that the states with the highest levels of subjective well-being (based on both reports of life satisfaction and reports of mental distress) were Louisiana, DC, Alaska, Tennessee and Colorado- states without all that much in common (p. 16).

The worst-off states were California, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Missouri (p. 15).

Also, the only relationship between Prof. Oswald (a British economist) and the CDC is that he relied on a CDC-conducted telephone survey.

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