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Do You Live in One of the Country’s Most ‘Unhappy Cities’?

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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It might not come as a surprise that New York City takes the top spot as the most “unhappy” city in the United States, but a new ranking of the happiest and unhappiest cities isn’t all this study is about. Its objective was to find more about why people still to choose to live in these towns.

“Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness,” said study co-author Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver School of Economics. “This means that researchers and policy-makers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective.”

“Unhappy Cities,” a working paper written with Harvard University co-authors, was released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research last week, basing its findings on a large survey that asked participants about their satisfaction.

Here’s a look at the most unhappy cities with a population of more than 1 million as of 2010:

1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA

Contrast that with the most happy cities with a population of more than 1 million:

1. Richmond-Petersburg, VA
2. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA
3. Washington, DC
4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
5. Atlanta, GA
6. Houston, TX
7. Jacksonville, FL
8. Nashville, TN
9. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ

In unhappy cities, the level of unhappiness did not seem to change among long-time residents versus newcomers, and historical data indicated that cities experiencing decline also ranked as “unhappy” in better economic times as well.

Overall, the study authors suggest that these findings reveal a willingness among residents to “endure less happiness” in exchange for, say, higher incomes or lower housing costs.

“In this view, subjective well-being is better viewed as one of many arguments of the utility function, rather than the utility function itself, and individuals make trade-offs among competing objectives, including but not limited to happiness,” he study abstract stated.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/23/do-you-live-in-one-of-the-countrys-most-unhappy-cities/

by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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Jambo4
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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Of course Washington DC made the happy list.  We all know they live in a world of fantasy. ;)

Jambo4
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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Personally.. I would be unhappy if I lived in ANY city. stick out tongue mini

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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Nope...I live where people vacation, haha...and by the beach. In a beautiful, historic city with great food :)
LSeabolt1982
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Yup. Well I live in a suburb of St. Louis MO

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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I don't think New Yorkers are unhappy, we just have our ways.

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

That one surprised me the most.  Maybe it's because of the crowds or the tourists, because you have access to the best of everything in NY. IMO.

Quoting latashac:

I don't think New Yorkers are unhappy, we just have our ways.


latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I could never see myself anywhere else. I think they asked people in NYC because they get pissed daily with he subway and the traffic. It is really non stop for them.

Quoting lylalane7275:

That one surprised me the most.  Maybe it's because of the crowds or the tourists, because you have access to the best of everything in NY. IMO.

Quoting latashac:

I don't think New Yorkers are unhappy, we just have our ways.

 

 

Ednarooni160
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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I live in a pretty decent state..the city I live in is a HUGE lib resort city..  They aren't unhappy..just blind.. : )

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Born in Unhappy city #6

Live in Happy city #4.

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Born and raised and stuck around in Happy city # 6.  Kind of pissed that Atlanta is ahead of us.

Quoting Billiejeens:

Born in Unhappy city #6

Live in Happy city #4.


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