Where The Happiest Americans Are (And Are Not)

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On an income-adjusted basis, New Yorkers are the most miserable Americans while citizens of Lafayette, LA are the happiest. As MarketWatch reports, based on a Harvard study which 'adjusts' for age, sex, race, income and other factors, the following map indicates where the happiest Americans are (blue/green) and are not (red).



The happiest five cities are all in Louisiana, with Lafayette taking the crown (Louisiana is also the happiest state). The unhappiest cities, after New York City, are St. Joseph, Miss.; South Bend, Ind.; Erie, Penn.; and the Evansville, Ind.-Henderson, Ky. area.

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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:06 | 4977213 Racer
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'adjusts'  WTF, either you are happy or you are not

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:12 | 4977241 Spastica Rex
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Hedonics, man.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:16 | 4977255 nink
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:28 | 4977305 Xibalba
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Being a native Hawaiian living in NYC, I can say that this study is 100% accurate.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:03 | 4977416 onewayticket2
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conclusion:  Liberals are unhappy and bitter people.....


file this under: "no shit!"

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:12 | 4977438 macholatte
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The Happiest States In America




Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:28 | 4977488 toady
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Lies, damn lies, and statistics. You can bend'm to say anything you want.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:32 | 4977503 chumbawamba
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New York is a shithole filled in with attorneys and banksters.  No wonder.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:37 | 4977516 Rubbish
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It's clear being able to have sex on your front porch makes all the difference.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:47 | 4977546 DoChenRollingBearing
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Montana, Idaho and Wyoming (apparently) are happy places.  I can buy that.

New Orleans, the rest of Louisiana and Mississippi as happy?  Harder to believe.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:04 | 4977585 cynicalskeptic
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Ignorance is Bliss?


Most really stupid people I know are VERY happy.   Doesn't take much for them.   They are happy with small pleasures and utterly oblivious to the realities of life.  Their car is about to be repo'd because they haven't made payments in months but they'forgot' about all that and aren't worried at all.  They have minimally skilled jobs with no responsibilities (if they work at all).

I suspect that the more you know, the better informed you are the more miserable you're likely to be.  Ignorance has much to be said for it when it comes to reducing stress.


My brother's kid is already divorced living home in NC.  She worries only about coming up with new nail designs and is dumber than most of the local livestock.  My kids are in top tier colleges and have a little more on their minds.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:39 | 4977689 wee-weed up
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Ha! The red areas on the map are all flaming Liberal bastions - Libs are always whining about something!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:44 | 4977700 SWRichmond
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How would YOU feel if someone else was always telling you they were smarter than you, knew better what was good for you, and not trusting you with firearms?

How would YOU feel if you'd just gotten done with years of a smart ass, know-it-all, holier-than-thou douchebag like Bloomberg as your mayor?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:39 | 4977991 mjcOH1
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"My brother's kid is already divorced living home in NC. She worries only about coming up with new nail designs and is dumber than most of the local livestock."

The owners of the house I bought 2 houses ago tried to pimp their 20 yr old daughter (and grand-entitlement) to me. Nice girl I'm sure, aside from spreading her legs for any retard with a pickup truck who's not yet on the dole.

Ho Lee Fuk.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:18 | 4978629 Pareto
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that there is some funny shit.  +1

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:55 | 4978990 economics9698
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When I am in northern Florida I really enjoy the freedom to drink to excess and piss over the front porch railing.  Just something liberating about doing that. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:23 | 4977952 Seer
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In this "survey."  The other one someone posted above it's not quite the case.  But, it sure gives people a nice platform in which to blovate from...

I think that the bottom is unquestionably correct.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:16 | 4979164 Rhetorical
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I'd see more of a correlation to population density then liberal or democrat. Speaking independantly of anything other than a onse over.


And I would be more inclined to favor that guess in conjuntion with the sex on your front porch thing. Only for me it was ripping a bong butt ass naked at about 11 am in the morning....good times were had by all involved.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:11 | 4977771 astroloungers
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it is called self awareness. once you realize everything is screwed you are unhappy. you know you are going to die...almost has a biblical implication doesn't it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:33 | 4977979 Seer
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"Most really stupid people I know are VERY happy."

So, you wish your kids to me "smart" and miserable?

My wife is VERY happy; and, she's VERY smart (run circles around most here).  Grew up VERY poor: she totally understands the perils of feeling entitled; and her kids aren't smug offspring either.

The real issue, and this is all kind of a trick question, is about whether city or country folks are happier.  To some degree I'm a bit unsure, as I've got lots of rather wealthy horse people in my area (not my neighbors), and as things continue to deterorate I see these "dumb" animals taking a toll on marriages (yeah, the "smart" people are struggling to maintain their ponies): where my wife is from they'd make the best of it and eat the damn things.

Having travelled outside the US I can assure you that your comments are total speculation, broad-brushing.

"My kids are in top tier colleges and have a little more on their minds."

Well, thanks for breeding the techonocratic stock for TPTB's empires! (though I have to wonder whether you've been tracking the articles that show that college really isn't paying for itself; well, what do I know, I'm just a stupid country hick...)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:14 | 4977605 Keyser
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Living in Louisiana is like living in a completely different country... Nothing there applies anywhere else in the country... 


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:37 | 4977683 DrewJackson
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New Orleanians are born happy.  This is why we have a festival every weekend, Mardi Gras, and any other excuse to drink, Eat & dance!  However I think onthe map Orleans parish is a little less happy then the rest of rural Louisiana.  ( Hipsters are now invading NOLA.  Will be interesting to see how long this trend lasts....)



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:18 | 4978294 Keyser
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I lived in the Quarter for years, best time of my life... BTW, you left out lagniappe... 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:53 | 4978558 NoPension
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With your sister

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:24 | 4977958 blown income
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Fucking bullshit !!!!! I live in Lafayette La and it sucks !!! sugar cane fields and oil related industry ..every yahoo driving a jacked up  4x4 and speeding to sit in traffic...assholes

rude fucking bitch drivers (women too) always yappn on the fucking phone ....drive bitch , your on a one lane fucking road ....I swear it takes you forever to get round ...infrastructure is 3rd world...



Housing , yeah the boom is here.. all fucking Mexicans building it , drive where there is new subdivisions , your in fucking Mexico  white man is the super  for the developer... and prices... look up RIVER RANCH.... $200  plus a foot for McMansions... I don't know how people can afford it cause the slaves don't make that kinda jack...

some nice looking trim around , but they all walk with their nose in the air like they smell shit... food...sucks oher than the mom/pop hole in the wall joints here and there


 it's like any other with the same fucking chain stores


places to go ha!!!

nothing to do go 4 wheelin' or enjoy the state bird (mosquito) and people park there riding lawn mower in the drive like it's a status symbol...still scratching my head on that one...


I miss Mandeville La ,we at least had the lakefront and could shoot over to the Beau Rivage on the coast



Lafayette sucks Wookie !



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:36 | 4977983 blown income
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Fuck you who ever downed arrowed me it's the truth in fight club be real or get the fuck out

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:03 | 4978585 Spastica Rex
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I enjoyed your rant. +1

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:19 | 4978942 blown income
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It's Truth .. 45 minutes to drive 6 fucking miles to work all the Escalade bitches yappn instead of paying attention


I was born in New Orleans , had some wonderfull family times  , moved to Mandeville then left for East Coast , came back and now I remember why I left ,,,people are fucking back stabbing self serving selective memory liars


I am the stupid one , cause I came back !!!

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:33 | 4980198 lasvegaspersona
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You made a tactical blunder with your down arrow complaint.

Now the ZH pack are toying with your emotions and your mind.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:15 | 4979136 All Risk No Reward
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Where's San Diego?  I'm really happy living out my miserable sci-fi movie existence in San Diego!

I gotta say...  all thos epeople you are b*tching about might just be really, really happy. in a mass delusion kind of way  ;-)

Since you aren't deluded, you have a very different reaction.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:30 | 4979148 Tall Tom
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You must also live in East County...like I do.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:43 | 4980711 All Risk No Reward
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Nope, but I have a nagging feeling that I will regret not making the move at some point in the not too distant future.  It is going to be buggly when this debt bubble implodes.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:40 | 4977990 Seer
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"and people park there riding lawn mower in the drive like it's a status symbol."

That's your take on it.  I suppose that it's better than then being out there and cluttering YOUR roadways.

From time to time our mower gets parked out next to our driveway too.  Well, mostly my wife, who uses it for transport: getting around on the farm (hauls her cart with it), making many trips, starts to take its toll- hoping to find a more suitable form of transport...

Oh, in your sentence, "there" should be "their."

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 18:14 | 4978090 blown income
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Riding mower has its place but not on postage stamp lots big property different story co worker said it's a status symbol here


Blew coffee outta my nose

Excuse me for the wrong spelling I didn't go to Havard

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:41 | 4979140 All Risk No Reward
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While we are going all spelling Nazi...  your "then" should be "them" - glass houses and all.

To add a positive tip - everyone should youtube "logic of english" - the Rockefeller's **really** jacked the schooling system for us and it is even worse now.  Logical kids are their primary target of covert abuse, but they trap us all.

Get "The Logic of English" book if you have children in school.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:21 | 4978305 Keyser
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Dude, you are in the heart of coon-ass country with the best cajun food on the planet... Be thankful, it could be worse, you could be in NYC... 


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:21 | 4978454 blown income
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The only good food here is Heberts Specialty Meats

Crawfish are outrageously priced when in season so the only other is Boudin


Other than that it's all the same  - pepper cayenne and they call it cajun oh and Tabasco sauce which you can get anywhere 


What bad shot of protein at Harvard thinks here is the happiest place is full retard and should be put to sleep for all of mankind cause I can think of more places to be happy then here in the blink of my eye

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:27 | 4977482 Ms. Erable
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And when they succeed in turning all of those bluish areas on the map to the same deep red as the ones in which they live, they still won't be happy.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:43 | 4977996 Seer
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Speaking of, most of the [net] inflow to Texas is from California.

I'm learing to watch gloating.  Was recently gloating about how well my chickens were evading aerial predators (only one loss in 3 years) and I fucking lose one the very next day!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:11 | 4978924 wee-weed up
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And when they succeed in turning all of those bluish areas on the map to the same deep red as the ones in which they live


Over my dead body! Never!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:53 | 4977886 Larry Dallas
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Now overlay this with a map charting illiteracy...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:44 | 4977997 Seer
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How? </sarc>

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:24 | 4978311 Keyser
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How many new demotard voters will show up at the polls in November due to the open borders policy and no check for a voter ID card? 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:50 | 4978018 sleigher
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I am much happier now that I moved away from the SF bay area.  I had no idea I could actually be happier until I did it.  Then I realized I wasted 20 years of my life being miserable.  That makes me sad.  Now I am not happy anymore...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:12 | 4978444 kareninca
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This is really a pretty brutal area.  A typical crappy one-bedroom apartment in a midrise in Slummyvale (Sunnyvale) is $3,200/month, and it's just going to get worse, since more job sites are being created here, but no new housing.  "Normal" people I know are homeless.  But you can't convince people to leave; it's either where they grew up or they have been here for decades and all their social connections are here.  Just having housing here makes me feel survivor's guilt.  The worse part is that you can't help people very well; in some other part of the country you could let someone stay in part of your spacious house, but here the places are tiny.  And how can you help a friend with rent money when it is that much????

Congratulations on your escape.  You need to make something good out of your 20 years here, by setting up a blog that encourages people to leave the Bay Area, complete with tips and success stories.  There is actually a real need for such a blog.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:22 | 4979143 ImGumbydmmt
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We left the SF bay area also in 2012.

Much happier Now, But NO NO NO!!! we do not want a blog teaching others how to get out or how much better it is. Already they come to my new state and want to make it like CA.

WTF. Go back PLEASE.

Seriously if you want out of CA becasue things suck, dont bring your CA Attitute and expectations.

Yes i had a BMW in CA, Sold it as leaving and showed up in my new state with an econbox until we got grounded then bought a 4x4 and now wear carharts, even to client meetings.

My wife was just  joking about how she no longer has to help pick out my ties. Because I dont wear any, not even a busienss shirt.

We are in a green state accoding to this chart, and yes people are poor, but my mortgage is now less than my truck payment,  and my garden is over knee high, I open carry most places, so together that makes me a native.

When in Rome......


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:22 | 4979298 sleigher
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Yeah no blogs...  If people want to leave CA then do it for the right reasons.  Where I am now I can teach my son how to sight in a rifle and lessons in self reliance without being looked at like I am some sort of demon.  Although I think I successfully convinced someone yesterday NOT to move to CA.  Told them its a over priced toilet.  

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:16 | 4978623 Zadok
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file this under: "no shit!"

'Dick Tracy!'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:25 | 4978825 ToNYC
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As a native Hawaiian, you must then be "not-living" in NYC, since you know the difference. Intolerance begets misery for all unkinds.

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