The NYT reports on the tri-state area happiness status:
New York Ranks Last in Happiness Rating
On the smiley scale, New York landed on the bottom.
“I’m sorry about that,” Professor Oswald said by phone from Warwick.
It’s rather dismal. If there were a National Happy League, we’d be the New Jersey Nets. We’re No. 51 out of 51. The District of Columbia was included in the list as if it were a state. It made it all the way to No. 37 despite the handicap of having Congress in its midst.
At least New Yorkers can take comfort in knowing that their immediate neighbors in Connecticut (No. 50) and New Jersey (No. 49) are not appreciably happier.
We are #2 – from the bottom!
In other words, people knew what they were talking about when they said if they were happy or not. Americans who described themselves as satisfied tended to live in places where the quality of life was good by most standards — where the sun shone a lot,
not this time of year
the air was reasonably clear,
here in the ‘burbs the air is clear. So are the confiscatory state and local taxes.
housing didn’t leave you busted,
housing prices still are way higher than the rest of the nation
traffic wasn’t too fierce
don’t want to be on Route1 if you can avoid it, thanks,
and so on.
In the “so on”, you can add the dismal state of NJ politics and the punitive business environment.
And, at times, the supermarket troglodytes.