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The 5 Happiest Cities in America are in One State and the Unhappiest States Have One Thing in Common

by Caroline Schaeffer
August 1,2014

A working paper from professors from Harvard and the Vancouver School examined the happiness of cities based on data from a CDC study and weighted based on demographics and income, PolicyMic reports.

Some might suspect that they’re just putting something in the water, but the five happiest cities in America are all in the same state: Louisiana. Those cities are Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria.

The Northeast and one city in the Midwest did not fare too well: Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh, PA, Gary, IN, and New York City were found to be the top five unhappiest cities. Nearly all of the unhappiest places in the nation lean heavily Democratic when it comes to voting.

The paper examined data from a CDC study called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and adjusted for age, sex, income, and other factors.

Other “abnormally happy” cities include Charlotte, NC, and Naples, FL. Is it just me, or is there a pattern here, and does it have something to do with southern cities?

The study examined why unhappy cities continue to see such population growth.

If we choose only that which maximized our happiness, then individuals would presumably move to happier places until the point where rising rents and congestion eliminated the joys of that locale.

An alternative view is that humans are quite understandably willing to sacrifice both happiness and life satisfaction if the price is right. . . Indeed, the residents of unhappier metropolitan areas today do receive higher real wages – presumably as compensation for their misery.

Unfortunately, as the nation heads towards more centralized government, there is more of a chance of urbanized areas spreading misery through their voting than less densely populated but happier areas spreading their joy and general satisfaction with life.