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Where To Be Happy
When it comes to happiness, where you live matters. Hawaii is the happiest state and Louisiana the gloomiest,
according to a University of Vermont study that looked at how often positive and negative words appeared in millions
of tweets across the country. While tourism and context variables make this an imperfect measure of the happiness of
a state’s residents, results were similar to previous wellbeing surveys. Socioeconomic factors that inﬂuence happiness
in the U.S., such as poverty, unemployment and government resources, also account for some of the variation in life
satisfaction levels in countries around the world.
Sources: PLoS ONE, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Better Life Index THE HUFFINGTON POST
How The U.S. Stacks Up
The Assorted States Of Happiness
6.10 and above6.05–6.096.00–6.045.95–5.995.94 and below
San Clemente, Calif.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Green Bay, Wis.
Simi Valley, Calif.
Fort Collins, Colo.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Cities with the highest average
word happiness scores
Life satisfaction index (the higher the number, the more satisﬁed)
Word happiness score (the higher the number, the happier)