New York the unhappiest state in America? Many people dining at Le Cirque and quaffing endless fountains of champagne after an evening in front-row seats on Broadway before taking a carriage ride through Central Park at midnight might beg to differ. But two economists, one from the U.S. and another from Britain, have published their findings in the latest edition of Science magazine after years of research. New York is the bottom of all the states, even after Washington, D.C. The happiest states? Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, South Carolina, Alabama and Maine. While lots of people think of New York and California as happy places, one of the economists said, “if too many individuals think that way, they move into those states, and the resulting congestion and house prices make it a nonfulfilling prophecy.” So a word from the wise: Think twice before moving here; you might be better off where you are.
About Ted Botha
Ted grew up between Washington D.C. and Pretoria. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and was an editor for Reuters in Manhattan. His books include 'The Girl with the Crooked Nose' and 'Flat/White,' about living in a crazy tenement in Manhattan. His latest book is a true story of murder and movie mayhem in the 1920s that takes place in Johannesburg, London, Paris and New York. Read more at tedbotha.com