THINGS YOU WILL ONLY ENCOUNTER WHILE TRAVELING WITH GREG PFLUG

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A new study found that a person's self-reported happiness matches up with objective measures of state-level happiness.

The results are based on an examination of two data sets, one that included personal reports of happiness for 1.3 million Americans and the other that included objective measures, such as how crowded that state is, air quality, home prices and other factors known to impact quality of life.



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

3 comments:

Jenn said...

I'd say we live in Paradise.

whalechaser said...

Greg,
This list seems to highlight the fact that focusing ON living rather than MAKING a living is one of the keys to happiness. No real industry in any of the top 10.
Ellen

Anonymous said...

Bah humbug. Well, here's another list for you. According to Kevin Zraly ("Windows on the World Complete Wine Course"), here are the top seven states in wine consumption:
1. California
2. New York
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. Illinois
6. New Jersey
7. Pennsylvania

See! NJ has the smallest population of that list, but we're in the top seven!
Donna