When it comes to happiness, a new study declares, New Yorkers rank dead last having a cranky state of mind, among the 50 states of the US, reports The New York Daily News.
The rankings of the study, which has been published in the journal Science, were based on an annual nationwide survey of 1.3million people by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
AdvertisementIn the study, participants were asked how satisfied they were with their lives.
Then, a pair of economists, compared the results compiled between 2005 and 2008 with other data covering quality-of-life issues - including taxes, crime, commuting and cost of living.
After analyses, experts declared New York the saddest, just behind Michigan and its 14.7 percent unemployment rate. The nation's most populous state, California, rated No. 46.
The top five happiest states, in order: Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. The authors acknowledged Louisiana's ranking probably benefited from unhappy residents leaving after Hurricane Katrina.