West Palm Beach Is the Ninth Happiest Place in the United States, NY the Unhappiest
Hell, West Palm is such a happy place, sharks migrate there in droves and hang out on the beaches.
Know who isn't so happy? Those fancy-pants New Yorkers and their tall buildings and their pizzas and their cabdrivers, that's who.
The working paper, titled "Unhappy Cities" and cowritten by Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, dove into federal data to find how satisfied younger folks felt with their lives, accounting for race, education, marital status, and family size. The study found, among other things, that people are willing to relocate to an unhappy city if it means getting a good and steady job.
The paper, which used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was released last week by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic and shows that, while people in New York are generally miserable jerks, they're also very wealthy jerks. So, they ain't movin', and they ain't smiling f'nobawdy, fuhgeddaboudit!!
"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," says Gottlieb. "This means that researchers and policymakers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective."
The paper's researchers looked into which parts of the U.S. tend to show low satisfaction with their living situation and discovered that people living in declining cities were less happy than those who lived in other places.
And what they discovered is that, among cities with a population greater than 1 million, West Palm Beach comes in as the ninth happiest.
|via University of British Columbia|
And basically what they found was that people do this for better income.
I'm miserable BUT I'M WELL OFF AND HAVE MANY FANCY GADGETS IN MY HOME!
So the lesson here would seem to be that politicians need to focus their policymaking on better income for their respective cities rather than overall happiness.
That, or people can just move to West Palm Beach.
Top 10 happiest metropolitan areas with a population greater 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
Top 10 unhappiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million:
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
Read the study below: