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Arizona, America's fifth happiest state

December 21 2009 at 10:36 AM
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Research finds happiest US States match a million Americans' own happiness states

New research by the UK's University of Warwick and Hamilton College in the US into the happiness levels of a million individual US citizens have revealed their personal happiness levels closely correlate with earlier research that ranked the quality of life available in the US's 50 states plus the District of Columbia. This research provides a unique external validation of people's self reported levels of happiness and will be of great value to future economic and clinical research in this field.

The new research published in the journal Science on 17th December 2009 is by Professor Andrew Oswald of the UK's University of Warwick and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in the US. . .

Andrew Oswald/ Wu ranking of happiness levels by US State

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

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Highest unemployment lately-- somethings wrong with this picture.

December 22 2009, 11:30 AM 

With the highest foreclosre rates and highest unemployement rates, obviously someone is not doing their homework.

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Who wants to work over Christmas?

December 22 2009, 12:17 PM 

And didn't some futurists in the 20th Century predict that we'd live in a postindustrial leisure society by now, or at least have one in foreseeable reach?

For example, back in 1930, J.M. Keynes speculated on the "Economic Possibilities for our Grand Children" (PDF):

I draw the conclusion that, assuming no important wars and no important increase in population, the economic problem may be solved, or be at least within sight of solution, within a hundred years [from 1930]. This means that the economic problem is not-if we look into the future-the permanent problem of the human race.

And this would supposedly happen from ordinary capital formation and economic progress, without postulating anything science fictional given the knowledge base in 1930.

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golden buddha say.....

December 24 2009, 1:20 PM 

teach a man to be employed and he will thank you.

teach him to suckle the lotus blossom of unemployment benefits and he will be a boon to society.

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Also less religious than the national average.

December 30 2009, 10:23 AM 

Ranking 33 on a Pew Forum survey:

How Religious Is Your State?

Arizona strikes me as considerably less religious than Oklahoma, where I grew up. Now I see that the empirical evidence supports my impression.

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